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I'd be surprised if this hasn't already been posted on this site, but I just came across it, thanks to another forum, and had to share it.  Runs about one hour, and has the usual turgid descriptions, but very good nonetheless. The Williamsburg Gunsmith:

 

Mod note: URL already posted at beginning of thread

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I have never made any of the parts for a blackpowder gun but i do have an advantage on that score if i ever do....my father in law worked at Colonial Williamsburg for 28 years...a couple of years in the blacksmith shop and 20+ years in the gunsmith shop.  He was laid off a cpl yrs ago and went into gunsmithing for himself.  You can see examples of his work (and mine) at   www.claysmithguns.com    In fact he built me a rifle using some of my spare parts for Christmas...now i just have to do the finish work on the stock and furniture.

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Keth,

What an opportunity!Learn what you can from Clay.I know him by reputation and would be honored to meet  him some day.I wish he would offer a class on building a Ky. rifle from scratch as Wallace does in the video.I contacted Clay after he left Williamsburg and I believe he was going to work from his  suburban home and couldnt do any blacksmithing from there. Is he is building guns using commercial components. I know that is probably the only practical way to make a living because a gun from scratch would be very,veryexpensive. I hope he does well. 

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Hmm...I tried the link at the beginning of this post and it appears that the video has been removed.  I think I found the same video elsewhere, although it's broken up into a 10 part series. 

 

Here is a link to the first video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSESf_mU3VI&list=PLpptl1XpQsR444H0gQfTuojc3gw0uSGDu&index=1

I also have a playlist on my channel that currently includes all 10 parts.

 

I wish I had the amount of talent that this man had when this was filmed.  "...with the tools he himself made, and the combined skills of a blacksmith, machinist, foundryman, woodworker, and engraver."  I'm pretty sure I'm older than he was by a minimum of 5 years, and the only thing I can really claim is electronics technician (not as cool as it sounds), although I'm getting close to taking my 3/8" 3G welding test.  That's the computer/machine age for you, brainrot.  Although if it wasn't for the internet, I most likely never would have known this video existed.

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