[From a registration letter sent out by Dr. Leeper, December 2005. Tanks to Leighton Stallones for providing a copy of this letter.]
There will actually be two separate sessions this year. A three-day Longrifle Restoration session June 3-6 and a multi-level, five-day workshop June 8-13.
John Bivins and Gary Brumfield will team teach the restoration session and their lecture topics will span a wide subject area from how to disassemble a rifle to how to select and apply the best protective coatings.
Participants in the five day session will be divided into three distinct groups: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
The beginner group is designed to ground everyone in the fundamentals. There will be lectures in the morning followed by lab time to get hands on experience. While this group will not stock a rifle, everyone will have a practice piece which will include: wood carving, inletting a brass piece, engraving exercises, and the application of finish.
On Monday morning this group will pick two of these three demonstrations to attend: forging, brass casting, and woodworking. On Tuesday there will be two groups with one working on stock shaping while the other works with brass mounts--the groups will switch topics for Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will follow a similar schedule.
The intermediate group will have the same lecture series as the beginners, however, their "shop time" will be devoted to working on a flintlock longrifle. Students in this group are expected: to have worked on a number of rifles (3-5), perhaps attended previous seminars, and bring a rifle in the white. It should have the lock, barrel, and butt plate inlet. The basic stock shaping should be completed. Thimbles, patch box, triggers and trigger guard should be made but not attached.
The advanced level training is for individuals with considerable experience who want to specialize in a specific area of study during the week long workshop. Those selecting this option will have to chose one of the following areas of study:
Restoration of Longrifles: (John Bivins and Gary Brumfield)
BEGINNER: (Dave Wagner
& Hershel House)
INTERMEDIATE: (Gary Brumfield & Monte Mandarino)
Wood Carving: (John Bivins)
Metal Finishing: (Mark