Last week I was explaining to two of our young gunmakers who are taking over the filing up of our actions, that whilst I expect them to adhere to the traditional Westley Richards shapes, I also expect them to be constantly competing to find the most beautiful and subtle shapes to the fences, action and parts, to create a signature of their own they are proud of. I want to be able to pick up a gun and know who filed it up, know that a person filed it up, not a CNC machine.
On the polishers bench is a small mountain of abrasive paper from coarse to fine, his tools!
Neill Clark on November 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm
Simon. Thank you for these photos, hand tools are the absolute core of any skilled craftsman, and to see well used, but well cared examples is great. I have said before that I think you are doing a great job bringing on the skilled gunmakers of the future, you, and all your gunmakers have my complete admiration.
Charles on November 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm
Looking at those tools makes we want to stand in front of that bench. I love my files.
James Grinyer on November 25, 2015 at 9:02 pm
Lovely pictures!!! The mountain of emery brings back a few memories.... I spy Ken's spring clamp, and "fengel's" tapping hammer if I'm not mistaken. I still have ( and use occasionally ) tools that I made at the Bournbrook factory, some, whilst still at school before I even started my apprenticeship proper!