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Pioneer Gunmaking Show Feb. 8 at Museum
Posted on: 01/28/2014
By  Mike Cullums
Coming up on Saturday, February 8, from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM, Campus Martius: Museum of the Northwest Territory will host artisans who recreate the working tools of Ohio’s early settlers and hunters.  

WMOA News spoke with the Museum’s Bill Reynolds…
“This is its fourth year. It’s a traditional gunmakers’ and artisans’ show – contemporary makers of muzzleloading rifles, powder horns, hunting bags; basically all the tools of the trade for the early frontier of Ohio. “Our area here has always led the way in 225 years of gun making. It has a very strong tradition from the first gun maker, Nicholas Carpenter, to the people you’ll see at this show, practicing their trade.”
At 1:00 the day of the show there will be a special presentation and display of the original gunsmithing tools of John and Caleb Vincent – makers of the legendary Vincent Rifles.
Bill Reynolds says making guns is not as utilitarian as it might sound – there’s a lot creativity and artistry involved…
“Every craftsman that you’ll see here approaches the subject and the materials from a different angle. You see all sorts of different talents displayed; different interpretations. You might find more silver on one fellow’s gun. You might find one that’s absolutely covered with inlays and decoration and engraving.”
For more information on the Contemporary Gunmakers and Allied Artists Show, contact Bill Reynolds at Campus Martius: (740) 373-3750.
Regular Museum admission fees will apply.
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