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The Art of Building the Pennsylvania Longrifle-A New Project?

Ax and rifle-these subdued the American wilderness in the hands of the early woodsmen.

Bernard S. Mason, Camping Crafts, 1973


The Art of Building the Pennsylvania Longrifle by Dixon, Ehrig and Miller, is a wonderful book that has been spending too much time on my workbench these last few weeks every since it arrived in the mail from the Shurlock Publishing Company. Not that I want to build a Pennsylvania long rifle, I'd rather build a Tennessee or Southern "poor boy" rifle, but my wife has been asking me if we should start going to mountain man rendezvous events. I did living history for the National Park Service for a long time and Amanda can do any kind of beading there is, so it is logical for us to create personas head out to some "rondyvous" for a raring good time.

What does this have to do with long rifles? I plan on buying a Lyman Great Plains rifle kit from Lyman Products so I can "make" my own plains rifle to use at rendezvous shoots and to …

Krenov-Style Scraping Plane, Part 1

...the only way to obtain one is to make one.

Bernard S. Mason, Woodcraft, 1973


The flooding in my part of Colorado is over, but the destruction left behind by the flood waters is something that we will have to deal with for years. Colorado State Highway 7, which I drove to get to my job in Longmont, is only sort of there, 50 percent of the road is gone! Fortunately we do have a way to get to Boulder, down Gold Hill Road to Sunshine Canyon, the only problem with that is it is a steep and bumpy dirt road with a 25mph speed limit. It takes me an hour and a half to get to work this way, it triples my commute time!

Aside from all of that, my wife and I are very grateful that we have a house, our hearts go out to those who lost their houses or are unable to reach them. It will take time to recover and to get back to a "normal" way of life.





This scraper plane is something I was working on before all the chaos.

I decided to make a Krenov-style scraping plane to help smooth guitar …