Ron Brimer graduated from the Atlanta School of Art in 1966. He was Art Director at Georgia Public TV for 25 years mainly as an illustrator and creating TV ads. He was Director of Exibits for the Department of Natural Resourses for 3 years. Ron started building bolt action Rifles about 1970's. He met Hall Sharon, the Montana barrel maker, about 1972. Ron put together Hawken kits for him in this area. Also, Sly Howard showed him how to do a lot. He met Robert Watts about that time which is what got him started. Hill Pearce was helpful in his development. In 1980 Ron met David Wright and invited himself to Manskers Station. David asked Ron did the rest of the guys looked as good as him? (Sam Wood and Andy Lydick) They started going 3 times a year building the fort. Ron has built 50 long rifles. At one time he made custom knives, shooting bags, and powder measures. Ron was also in Ogelthorps Hilander's at Fort King George. Ron mentioned that he looked good in a kilt. He has made a couple of Tomahawks, but doesn't have a place to forge. He has also helped John Corn with Cowboy stuff.
This painting is on that was found on the internet, but it could be Ron. Ron's response was "Actually its me... I did have Great something, I think a G G G grand father that fought at Kings Mt., he lived in North Carolina. He was in the Cherokee war also . He was under John Seviers Avenging Hoard. His name was William S. Brimer born Jan 2, 1759. Made $46.00 a year in the N.C Milita."
Printed as a two-volume set: Volume I is "Gunmaking History" in 289 pages, and Volume II is "Biographies" in 322 pages. Pages are large format size 9x12 printed on premium 105 lb. coated paper with a matt finish. The publication is an in-depth study of early gunmaking in Kentucky. It documents the gunmakers who shaped Kentucky's gunmaking traditions and the attractive southern-style guns they made. Many never-before seen rifles are illustrated as the history of Kentucky's gunmaking is told, from the state's earliest gunmakers to its last holdouts who clung to the "old ways" in the mountainous southeastern hill county area.
For years Kentucky's gunmaking was often overlooked by collectors and researchers due to the assumption that its guns were, for the most part, plain "mountain rifles." Better quality rifles were often attributed to "southwestern Virginia" that today can be identified as products of Kentucky. Collectors, researchers, and historians can begin to identify Kentucky's early rifles and avoid the old misnomer of calling them "southwestern Virginia" guns. More importantly, Kentuckians can now appreciate their early arms-making heritage and take pride in their state's newly recognized place among the other states where early gunmaking became highly developed, artistic, and an important economic factor for the state.
This lock was completely hand made by Yancey von Yeast. It is loosely adapted from the original lock in the photos. The parts were forged and filed out by the artisan. It is for a Hudson Valley Fowler based on HVF 1 in Grinslade's book on Fowlers. The gun will be on display at the Contemporary Longrifle Association Show in Lexington, KY in August, 2014. The reproduction lock features a rarely seen half bridle, copied from the original.
Madder dyed red broadcloth cutaway coat, blue wool facings, below knee length, gold buttons stamped w/ "Brittania" insignia, gold embroidered edgings, white silk twill lining, Ch 40", L 46", excellent.
Provenance: Thomas McDonogh, appointed first British Consul to New England in 1790. The first class of consuls had uniforms of national colors, red w/ blue facings, embroidered in gold, 3 bars w/ waived leaf.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers