Artisans & Classics

Whether your interest is antique, vintage, classic, unusual or you admire true craftsmanship this will be the place to visit.

The Artisans & Classics Pavilion sponsored by Gun Mart had brilliant feedback from visitors, all saying how interesting & informative the area was. We had great displays of craftsmanship from;

Roman Leponois – A seasoned stock maker learning his craft at Westley Richards, Roman is now based in the historic gun quarter in Birmingham working with W.Horton & Sons. See Roman start the show with a block of Turkish Walnut and finish with a prepared finished rifle stock.

Tim Owen – Tim specialises in 18th and 19th century gun engraving, both for restorations and new guns. Tim started his craft over 60 years ago and has a keen interest in engraving styles and methods in use before the days of breech loaders. He will be demonstrating push engraving of muzzle loading  gun parts – the technique almost universally used in those days, and the only way to get an authentic result. You can watch him on his digital microscope.

Ernest Wilson A local stickmaker that learnt his craft on a BASC stickmaking course 25 years ago and has been doing it ever since. Ernest will be at the show demonstrating the art of stick making and to answer questions as well.

Ian Walsh Ian showed his specialist taxidermy skills and with over 30 years experience Ian still retains the passion he had when he first took it up. He specialises in animals native to the English countryside and his favourite subject to work on is a (Charley) fox. Ian worked on a piece at the show and took the time to answer questions.

Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association (Northern Group) – HBSA exhibited examples from their members private collections. These private collections are very rarely available for public viewing so this is perhaps a unique chance to see these guns.

Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain displayed their collection of antique muzzle loading guns. Please go and have a look and ask questions. They are there to promote, regulate and safeguard their use and to preserve their freedom of collection.

The Lovat Society  was established in 1994 when a group of friends got together to talk about their passion for the art of sniping & fieldcraft, and the collection and study of the weapons and equipment employed, from it’s early inception right through to modern times. See their impressive collection of old military rifles.

UK Cartridge Club specialises in the study and collection of old antique shotgun cartridges, they have some wonderful pieces that date back to the eighteen hundreds they will be their with a great show display.

By Sword & Musket – specialise in sourcing and selling fine quality collectible arms and armour. They also supply modern range and gallery weapons and offer a restoration and free valuation service.

Pembroke Fine arms – have collected and dealt military collectables for the past 35 years and continue to enjoy the “hunt and acquisition” of fine pieces and the pleasure of sourcing similar items for others, they will have an impressive display

European Cartridge Research Association – Started from a small group of passionate about the study & research of historic and technical development of ammunition, in a relatively short space of time ECRA has become grown into a worldwide organisation. They also assist official bodies in matters relating to ammunition & ballistics.