Tentative Schedule for the 2015 NMLRA / WKUSeminar and Workshop – 34th Anniversary YearBowling Green, Kentucky



Three Day Classes:  Begin on Wednesday, June 3rd at 1:00 p.m. and end on Saturday, June 6th at 1:00 p.m. Picnic and Shoot at Leeper’s at 4:30 p.m.  

  • Drawing and design principles for longrifle carving and engraving applications.  A focus on American arms designs with European influence  – Jim Kibler

  • Silver and brass wire inlay.  Hands on practice with a focus on the American longrifle. Participants will cover design, tool making, inlaying techniques, and finishing. Intermediate participants may choose to work with English or European design technique – Mark Silver

  • Making a makers stamp.  Participants will form and cut patterns in tool steel, heat treat e stamps and test their particular design. Participants have the opportunity to examine historical designs and the opportunity to make more than one stamp – George Suiter

  • Development of the frontiersman in the first half of the 18th century.  A focus on becoming a woodsmen, the evolution of dress and equipment, rifle guns, cleaning equipment, powder horns, knives and etc. of the period. – Wallace Gusler

    Six Day Classes:  Begin on Sunday, June 7th at 8:00 a.m. and end on Friday, June 12th at 1:00 p.m. Picnic and Shoot at Leeper’s at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th  prior to the beginning of the six day class schedule. There will be a second picnic at the home of Herschel House on Wednesday, June 10th at 6:00 p.m.

  • Sand casting of gun mounts using wooden patterns crafted by participants.  Elements of foundry practices and safety will be emphasized – George Suiter

  • Engraving will begin with cutting borders and move to “C” and “S” scrolls along with stylized acanthus leaves.  The final project will focus on engraving a patchbox finial or the entire box design on a fixed brass plate. Participants will be given instruction on the care, use, and sharpening of gravers – Wallace Gusler

  • Carving will emphasize both relief and incised carving applications for the American longrifle.  Participants with experience, can choose to focus on English or Germanic/Continental styles – Mark Silver

  • Making of a brass box, thimbles, inlays and nose cap.  Participants may choose to consider the architectural style of a particular builder for their brass mounts. However, the focus will be on forming and appropriate file and finish work for making brass mounts – Jim Kibler

    Nine Day Classes:  Begin on Wednesday, June 3rd at 1:00 p.m. and end on Friday, June 12th at 1:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 6th classes will end at 1:00 p.m. followed by the picnic and shoot at Leeper’s at 4:30 p.m. Classes will resume on Sunday, June 8th at 8:00 a.m. There will be a second picnic at the home of Herschel House on Wednesday, June 10th at 6:00 p.m.


  • Stocking a contemporary version of a long barreled southern iron mounted pistol in the style of Elisha Bull and Baxter Bean. Participants will be furnished with a forged guard and will be responsible for building the remaining mounts. Participants will be given the option of forming a single trigger or fabricating set triggers for their arm – patterns will be sent to everyone enrolled in class – Ian Pratt

  • Assembling a Chambers kit rifle or pistol. Participants have to opportunity to select from 15 rifle, fowler or pistol kits offered by Jim Chambers Flintlocks Ltd. The focus will be on the use of 18th century tools to assemble and fine tune a period appropriate arm. Kits must be ordered by May 15th, 2015. View kit options by going to www.flintlocks.com or contact Jim at 828-665-0852 – Jim Chambers

  • Stocking of a Christian’s Spring style longrifle.  Castings for the guard and butt plate will be supplied, while participants will be responsible for forming, filing and fitting the remaining mounts. Specifications for the lock, stock and barrel will be sent to participants in advance so that they can be ordered and supplied on time. The specific stock profile pattern with supporting photos will be made available to all participants  – Jack Brooks

  • Stocking a 1770’s period fowler.  The course will focus on the design and construction of a full stock fowler exhibiting the most successful use of Rocco Art of Paris. Using original lock and custom mounts, participants will stock an accurate version of this type of fowler. For rifle enthusiasts, the flintlock can be constructed in a rifle form – Ron Scott

  • Beginning and advanced quill work and traditional moose hair embroidery.  The class will accommodate both beginning and advanced quill workers. Traditional designs, techniques, dies, and materials will be used exclusively in the class and provided to participants  – Lally House

  • Woodbury School of gun making.  Participants will forge iron mounts to build a period iron mounted rifle using both period and Woodbury design principles made famous by the House brothers – Hershel, Frank and John House

    Seminar Specifics:

  • Seminar cost is $120 dollars per day for each of the classes: 3 day - $360, 6 day - $720, and 9 day - $1,080.

  • To register and hold a seat in a class or classes, a deposit equal to half the cost of the course or courses is required. There is also a $50 fee for non-members of the NMLRA to register for class, and the fee will not apply to the final cost of the seminar. Registration is currently open until March 6th! See below.  Notification of class assignments will be posted shortly after the March 6th registration deadline.

  • When registering, please specify your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for a class(s). Course enrollments will be assigned on a first come – first serve basis. Full payment will be required by Friday, April 3rd, 2015. Payment by check or credit card made to the NMLRA. Contact Brenda Hooton at 812-667-5131 or email her at: nmlra@nmlra.org to register and make payments.

  • Cancellation for refund must be made on or before Friday, May 1st, 2015. A cancellation fee of $200 will be held from the registration fee along with the $50 fee for non NMLRA members. There will be no refund for cancellations after May 1st, 2015.

  • There will be two Picnics: one at the Leeper’s on Saturday, June 6th at 4:30 p.m. and the other at Herschel’s on Wednesday, June 10th at 6:00 p.m. There will be an additional charge of $8.00 each for a spouse and/or a child in attendance.

  • For many of the classes there will be a charge for materials used in class (payable to the instructor) and a suggested list of required tools and materials. Specific class information for the seminar will be sent to fully registered individuals on Friday, May 8th, 2015.