That picture has been a favorite of mine ever since I acquired the 1st edition Lyman Handbook of Cast Bullets about 15 years ago.
Women knew how to cast ball as they watched family members do it growing up. The rifle, horn and shooting pouch were common household items in many houses on the frontier. During the siege of Boonesboro in 1778 (depicted in another Gayle Hoskins painting), Dan'l Boone mentioned in his autobiography that they were running out of lead, so the women of the fort melted down their pewter in an iron skillet and 'ran ball' for the men so they could continue to take the fight to the indians and british and save the fort. After the seige was over, Dan'l wrote that the settlers living in the fort dug 125 pounds of lead ball from the outside walls of the fort. Lead for ball was a very valuable commidity. During shooting matches, winners were thrilled to dig the shot balls out of the tree that the target was hung on as the winning prize.
There is another painting he did that was the whole front and back cover of a Lyman muzzleloader book that is one of my absolute favorites. It is called 'The Rifle Frolic'. How many times I wanted to be in that picture !! There are several woodsmen running ball in that painting you can see.
Ohio Rusty ><>
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"This is America !!, where many have fought and died for our right
to celebrate our views with inflatable creatures in our yards ......."
"Principles and Practice of Loading Ammunition: a Treatise on the Loading of Ammunition With Particular Reference to the Individual Who Reloads His Own Cartridges Together with an Explanation of the Underlying Principles Which Govern or Limit Such" Earl Naramore
"The Bulletmakers" is on the Dust Jacket and is the front piece. A Samworth book, and a standard collectors and users library. Always wondered about the bare feet
I hope my photo is attached, otherwise email me
Jim: I knew I had that book(along with several others) in the shop. I didn't remember that it had a dust jacket much less what was on it. Glad you posted that. Mine is exactly like it.
Gayle Porter Hoskins painted "The Bulletmakers"
According to Brian Smith, author of "Samworth books: A Descriptive Bibliography" it is a self-portrait. Works for me.
Samworth developed the genre of firearm publications, and all of his titles are worthwhile, and collectable, and I have many.
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I have CDO. It's like OCD, but in alphabetical order, like it should be.
I like the tiny little deer skull and rack over the mantel.....
Ahhhh. Thomas G. Samworth. Plantersville South Carolina home town boy.
Hope for the best, plan for the worst.
My amendment can beat up your amendment.
I want that fire place....I can almost smell the beans.......
They call it "common sense". Why is it so uncommon?
In one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Little House in The Big Woods, there is good description of Pa Ingalls casting round balls for his muzzle loader and cleaning the muzzle loader.
I like the way they had thought to pull the rug back.
Lead on feet = OK
Lead on rug = NO,NO
Living like I do I sometimes think I have stepped back in time, In reality I know I have not.
But there are times I have thoughts about how interesting spending some time with the great folks of the past
and there daily tasks.
Hate is like drinking poison and hoping the other man dies.
***Cohesiveness*Leadership*a common cause***
The effective range of an excuse is ZERO Meters
|BP||Bronze Point||IMR||Improved Military Rifle||PTD||Pointed|
|BR||Bench Rest||M||Magnum||RN||Round Nose|
|BT||Boat Tail||PL||Power-Lokt||SP||Soft Point|
|C||Compressed Charge||PR||Primer||SPCL||Soft Point "Core-Lokt"|
|HP||Hollow Point||PSPCL||Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt"||C.O.L.||Cartridge Overall Length|
|PSP||Pointed Soft Point||Spz||Spitzer Point||SBT||Spitzer Boat Tail|
|LRN||Lead Round Nose||LWC||Lead Wad Cutter||LSWC||Lead Semi Wad Cutter|