1992 Courses Offered
(Not all were taught):
The 1992 Longrifle Seminar will again be held at Northern
Kentucky University in Highland Heights, just across the river from
Cincinnati. The June shoot at Friendship begins on the 13th, so the
Seminar will run from Sunday June 5th thru Friday June 12th. Adding an
extra day by starting on Sunday is one of several changes in response to
suggestions from previous attendees.
Because class room and shop space are still limited to four concurrent
sessions, we have again decided to let pre-registration determine which
of the proposed courses listed below will be taught. For a session to be
held it must have at least the minimum number of participants registered
and paid by the April 1st deadline (see minimums and maximums for each
session with the description below.)
This method of selecting the program puts pressure on you to decide
early and register early but it seems the best way to insure that we are
teaching the sessions most in demand for this particular year. In 1991
several courses had only three or four people sign up for them as first
choices and were not taught. (Most of those who had indicated a second
choice were able to attend by switching.) The same courses are on the
list this year and if they fill in time they will be held.
John Bivins - Carving - You may bring a gun ready to carve or
work on a machine turned blank which will go home with you to become a
study piece and reference. Choose any style of carving; American,
European, or English. This class in traditional carving techniques best
serves those who have carved at least one stock. Minimum 7, maximum 8.
Jack Brooks - Stock Shaping and Period Architecture - Jack will
bring two original rifles, a ca. 1780 Bonewitz and a ca. 1800 H.
Albright. Using one of these as a prototype and beginning with a blank
and pre-inlet barrel, participants will learn both the techniques of
stock shaping and the subtle characteristics of period architecture that
are hard to see in photographs. Minimum 7, maximum 8.
Gary Brumfield - American Arms Decoration - Basic instruction in
the design and execution of relief carving, engraving, and wire inlay
work of the type found on American longrifles 1770-1830. This course is
intended to introduce the principles of design and execution to
riflemakers wishing to improve their work with artwork from the period.
Minimum 7, maximum 8.
Jay Close - Stocking the Longrifle - Introduction to the process
of stocking an American Longrifle from a blank for beginners or those
who have made kit guns. Includes selecting tools, setting up the work
space, hand tool work, and the progressive sequence used to stock a
rifle. Participants will keep the blanks as study pieces. Minimum 7,
Wallace Gusler - Longrifle Engraving - Learn engraving, with
hammer and chisel, in the styles found on American Longrifle mounts and
inlays. Emphasis on capturing/recreating the feel of a particular period
or regional style of rifle-building in your own work without copying
from an antique. Minimum 7, maximum 8.
Hershel House - Forging Iron Rifle Mounts - Learn basic forge
techniques and use them to forge a guard, side plate, and butt plate to
take home for use on a future iron mounted rifle. Participants will also
learn how to finish the forgings and have time to begin to file them up
to patterns Hershel will provide. Minimum 7, maximum 8.
Mike Lea - Basic Heat-treating and Making Simple Tools - Hands
on, non-technical approach to hardening, tempering, and the making of
springs and tools. A variety of methods will be covered and the subjects
of silver soldering, color case hardening, and niter bluing will also be
addressed. Tuesday thru Friday only! Registration $320. Minimum 7,
Lynton McKenzie and Lew Sanchez - Engraving - For both beginners
who wish to start off correctly in engraving both hard and soft metals
and advanced engravers wishing to improve their skills. Covers shop
setup, lighting, using various types of magnification, tools, controlled
sharpening, layout, design transfer, lettering, metal inlay, etc. A
large room allows Lynton and Lew to team teach this session to the
advantage of both new and repeat attendees. Minimum 14, maximum 16.
Mark Silver - Flintlock Assembly I & II - These two courses will
be taught at the same time in the same room. Participants should have
some experience in filing, polishing, etc. F.A. I. is the precision
assembly and mild tuning of a kit lock by "Going beyond the
Instructions" and F.A. II. is advanced work in understanding and
reproducing the geometry and aesthetics of period locks using cast
parts. Minimum 7, maximum 8.
Also new for 1992 as a result of attendee suggestions will be a series
of lecture/discussions on Friday afternoon. These will be part of the
program for those attending the Seminar but will also be open, for a
small fee, to others on their way to Friendship. The list of presenters
and their topics has not been determined at this time but suggestions
have included talks on: arms conservation, regional styles, dating of
antique rifles, German rifles, evolution of the flintlock, etc. Look for
more information on this new addition to the program in the April and
May Muzzle Blasts. If you can not come to NKU for the week, consider
this option as a way to learn something new and meet with old friends
and others sharing your interests.
Registration for the six day sessions, including the optional Friday
afternoon lecture program, will be $500. (The four day session on
heat-treating is $320.) Several of the courses also require a materials
fee, based on dealer cost, for stock blanks, lock kits, etc. Private
rooms in the dormitory will be $15.00 per night if you bring your own
towels and linens or sleeping bag. Double occupancy is $22.00 per night.
For more information on specific sessions and registration materials
write: NMLRA Longrifle Seminar, P.O. Box 67, Friendship, Indiana 47021.