From the Workshops of:
Steven Dodd Hughes, Gunmaker, Writer, Photographer
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(I am not taking in any repair or restoration work at this time. Individual firearms evaluations from $125. I am accepting consignment guns for sale, mainly custom and high grade guns and rifles particularly from US makers; Jerry Fisher, Maurice Ottmar, Lenard Brownell, Bob Owen... to name a few ~ Thanks, Steve.)

NOW FORMING FINE GUNMAKING CLASSES SUMMER 2014 (Please view photos of previous Seminars)
Phase 1: Intro to Custom Stockmaking: Lectures and demonstration on Styles, Design & Drawing, Wood Selection, Finishing Techniques and others based on students projects.
Actual bench work will include making an inletting chisel and scraper (forging, filing, hardening, tempering and sharpening) and Inletting a barreled action. 5 days, minimum 50 hours shop time. Four students maximum. September 2014. Fee $1625 ($325 per day). Deposit $500 Due 4/1/14 (non-refundable)

Phase 2 Custom Rifles: Stock Shaping: Lectures and Demonstration on Hand-polishing, Metal finishing, Rust and Nitre Bluing
Specific information about each students individual projects including fitting hardware (grip cap and buttplate) and shaping the gunstock Actual bench work will include: shaping a gunstock from a machined stock with hand tools and preparing for rust bluing, doing a complete rust bluing of students gun parts. 5 days, minimum 50 hours shop time. Four students maximum. June 2014. Fee $1625. Deposit $500 Due 4/1/14 (non-refundable)

Project by approval of instructor. Two Piece stock single shot rifle, some shotgun or bolt action rifle. Must be discussed with instructor.
Phase 2 will include a week-long rust bluing session.
(Max four student per group, these fill quickly.
Please Contact me ASAP. Serious inquiry call 406-222-9377)

CUSTOM RIFLES in Black & White
Introductory Offer $60 Post paid
This book is the go-to book for Custom Gunmakers and their clients when choosing options and features while looking at detailed photos on the same page at the same time. It has been out of print for some time and copies are selling for $145 and up on the used book market. Full length views and many close up photos showing details not seen in other books.
Replace your worn shop copy, slightly darker images for a sharper look that first printing!
Order Today! Author signed!
(Soft cover 8 1/2” X 10” format)
Three ways to order:
1. Personal check, Money Order or $60 Cash to:
S.D. Hughes
P.O. Box 545
Livingston, MT 59047
2. $63 to:
3.Order from and Compare to other used copy prices...
There are 16 bolt action rifles, 19 single shot rifles and 4 lever action rifles. They are all sophisticated custom rifles, most beyond the norm for styling, detail work and creativity.
It has been said that the rifles shown set the "benchmark for the trade".

Custom Rifles by: Jerry Fisher, James Tucker, Gene Simillion, Stephen Heilmann, Mark Silver, Tom Burgess, Darcy Echols, Maurice Ottmar, Joe Bautz Dennis Erhardt, SDH, Bob Snapp, Dave Talley, Ed Webber and others...
(many detail views of each project as seen from a gunmaker’s eye, Jerry Fisher Rifle with Round bottom metal)
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This book has been used throughout the trade to discuss and determine features, components and stylistic details between the gunmaker and the customer. Clients learn much about the custom gun trade by reading the stories, examining the full-length views and viewing the multiple detail close-up photos. This is arguably the most influential book on custom rifles ever published and certainly for our generation of gunmakers and their clients.
What’s New!!! Just click yellow lettering for direct link!

2013 June Seminar Photos
The June Advanced Seminar was a resounding success.

Seminar II September 1-5, 2013, one space open because of cancellation. SERIOUS ready to go to work student may apply! Immediately Please!! Bolt Rifle Stockmaking featured. Call with SERIOUS inquiry! 406-222-9377

The only opportunity in America to spend a week working on your projects in a working custom gunshop!

Gunmaking Seminar 2012

April 25, 2013,
Jerry Fisher ~ Model 70, .375 H&H, full stocked, circa 1992
PARKER VH 12 Gauge, Circa 1929 ~ A high condition vintage shootable Parker. Special Price $3650

PETROV’S PAGES: Michael Petrov is the leading authority on between the wars American Custom Gunmaking and Gunmakers.
The .400 Whelen Story, Pt. 1, By Michael Petrov
The .400 Whelen Story, Pt. 2, By Michael Petrov
SDH Hagn .30-06 Reviewed on the popular Chuck Hawks Web Site

Dakota .257 Roberts ~ ©2013 Steven Dodd Hughes

25-20 labled-
Winchester Low Wall ~ ©2013 Steven Dodd Hughes

Britte R butt-copy-
Britte 12 ga. ~ ©2013 Steven Dodd Hughes

FL Right- copy
Left action-
Hagn .280 ~ ©2013 Steven Dodd Hughes

FINEGUNMAKING.COM is a place to view and learn about custom guns and custom gunmaking. No ads, just information and lots of great photos of fine gunmaking! 
Steven Dodd Hughes, Life Member ACGG

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