Information About Some of Our Past and Present Instructors
Jack Brooks has been a full-time gun maker since 1976, dividing his time between new custom work and the restoration of antique of stocking American Longrifles. A resident of Englewood, CO, this will be Jack's twentieth year as an instructor at the seminar where he has taught a variety of classes from longrifles to pistols and trade guns,
Gary Brumfeield Instructor Emeritus started in the Colonial Williamsburg Gunsmith shop as a sumer helper in 1965 and was Master Gunsmith for the Foundation from 1974 to 1990. He continued at the foundation in a management position for many years and worked part time as a rifle maker in his home worksop. He was either an instructor or the seminar coordinator since 1983 until his passing.
Jim Chambers, Jr. has been involved with custom arms for over forty years and has become a very important contributor to the trade by supplying a variety of high quality locks and other items. A resident of Candler, NC, Jim has taught at the seminar for many years in either carving, stocking, or lock assembly.
Art DeCamp has over 40 years of experience as both a collector of Pennsylvania period screw-tip horns and as an artisan who crafts period horns. Art has a distinguished record as an educator who works diligently to pass the horners craft to others. He is the recent author of Pennsylvania "Horns of the Trade" Screw-tip Powder Horns and Their Architecture published by The Kentucky Rifle Association.
Bob Elka and Joe Valentin have many years of diverse gun building experience and outstanding dedication to the Seminar. Bob and Joehave agreed to provide former seminar students with the opportunity to move ahead on and perhaps complete unfinished class projects during the 2012 session as they did in 2008.
Wallace Gusler produced his first muzzeloader at the age of fourteen. He established the Colonial Williamsburg Gun SHop in 1963 and was master until 1972. Retired from the gun shop, Wallace is completing a bok in Virginia Gunsmiths. He has taught at this seminar many times since helping start the seminar in 1981.
House Brothers: Hershel, Frank and John have over 96 years of combined experience crafting and building arms and related period artifacts. Most of their work has been widely published and has been featured in various movies. Most recently the brothers recreated a handmade rifle that was raffled-off to support the educational missoin of the Contemporary Longrifle Association. Hershel entered the trade full time in 1966, Frank in 1988 and John in 1989.
Lally House has a distinguished career as a full-time artisan recreating period porcupine quillwork using traditional 18th Century dyes, moose hair embroidery, as well as designing and creating period attire with the gun trade. Lally’s work has been widely published and featured in various movies. Lally has been practicing the trade for over 35 years. Lally and her husband Frank are now living in Woodbury, Kentucky.
Jim Kibler built his first muzzeloader at the age of 14 and other during his teenage years. Jim graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and served as an engineer until 2009. His work is exceptional and Jim’s gunsmithing endeavors have been the subject of several published articles. He has become a tremendous asset to the gunsmithing seminar.
Ronald Scott built his first flintlock in 1975 and has pursued the art and craft professionally since 1978. In 1991, he founded the Oregon Gunmaker’s Fair, an annual event dedicated to promulgating flintlock building skills through demonstration and exhibition. From a modest beginning, the Fair has grown to well over 50 participants and the quality and sophistication of the firearms has increased steadily to a level of high excellence.
Mark Silver started as a hobbyist in 1972, became a full time gunmaker in 1976, an trained with John Bivins in 1978-1979. Mark is a resident of Chassell, MI and has taught at this seminar since 1983 on subjects ranging from engraving, carving, locks assembly, wire inlay, and stocking longrifles using traditional tools and techniques of the period.
George Suiter started building muzzelloaders by hanging around the shops of Bob Roller and Bill Large as a teenager. While attending Marshall University in west Virginia, George worked in a local gunshop. He continued his gun building interest by attending Trinidad State Junior College. George later went to work for Douglas Barrels Inc. George currently serves as Master in the Gunshop of Colonial Williamsburg and has worked in the shop for the last 36 years. He has worked in the Williamsburg Gunshop longer than any other person. George brings a wealth of information to the workshop.