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Gunmakers Line Up at the Campus Martius Museum

By: Mollie Lair Email
By: Mollie Lair Email

The 3rd Annual Contemporary Gunmakers and Allied Artists Show attracts craftsmen and buyers alike.

It's not only a chance to shop around. These artists are some of the best at what they do.

"You're not going to be able to go to your local shopping mall and see this kind of artistic talent you know, and to see this many all gathered together in one place you'd have to travel quite a distance to other regional shows so here we're offering something unique and local and you know some of the best gunmakers in the United States are here today," says event coordinator William Reynolds.

For some it's a way to make a living and for others its passion turned into hobby.

"The history of my gunmaking family goes clear back to the Revolutionary War. They were the gunsmiths for George Washington at Valley Forge," says gunmaker John Barnhart.

Barnhart is one of 14 gunmakers helping to bring the history of the craft into the 21st century.

He learned how to make guns and now spends his time finding and collecting guns made by his ancestors.

"Curiosity on how they did it. And how much pain, how much diligence, and how much time it took to do it. And it's not easy to do it, but it's fun," says Barnhart.

One way to turn a cold snowy day into an opportunity for fun.


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