I haven’t posted in a while. Work has been crazy busy. We also went on vacation to Washington D.C. On the way we stopped at Williamsburg, Virginia. The whole town is great big working museum of the revolutionary era. The people who live and work there are in character, dress the part, and actually work in the trades using eighteenth century methods. Among them was a gunsmith.
The picture above is the smith leaning on a working copy of an eighteenth century rifle saw. Below is the boring drill.
Outside we found the forge, where the smiths manufacture their steel blanks and other gun parts. Every part of the guns is manufactured on sight using tools also made on sight. The tools are all exact copies of extant eighteenth century examples or based on designed found in contemporary books.