Steven Dodd Hughes, Gunmaker, Writer, Photographer
Steven Dodd Hughes began his professional custom gunmaking career in 1975, attended Trinidad State Junior College. He completed a A. A. S. Degree in Gunsmithing in 1977 and a certificate of Gun Repair in 1978.
He worked for Green River Forge in Springfield, Oregon from 1978 until 1980 creating semi-custom muzzleloading guns and rifles. In 1980 he opened his own workshop in Eugene, Oregon doing general gunsmithing and building muzzle loading guns. In the late 1980s he began crafting custom double shotguns and breechloading rifles.
In 1995 Hughes moved his custom gunmaking shop to Livingston, Montana where it remains. His work was shown at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2003) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2004) and the Connor Prairie Museum (2004) in the prestigious traveling show Three Centuries of Tradition, The Renaissance of Custom Sporting Arms in America and is included in the art book by the same title.
He has written the Fine Gunmaking column for Shooting Sportsman Magazine since 1993 and the Custom Shop column for Sports Afield Magazine since 2007. SDH feature stories have appeared in most American firearms magazines and his firearms photography has graced many magazine and book covers. He has authored three books: Fine Gunmaking: Double Shotguns, Krause Pub. 1998; Custom Rifles in Black & White, Self Pub. 1999; and Double Guns and Custom Gunsmithing, Shooting Sportsman Pub. 2007.
Hughes’ testimony before Congress in 2002 was instrumental in attaining an Excise Tax Exemption for custom gunmakers. He has been a professional member of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild since 1985 and a Life Member since 2009.
Hughes currently completes just a few custom single shot rifles, lever action rifles or double shotguns per year. S&W revolvers have been his hobby since the 1970s. Hughes has always hunted with and recreationally shot guns crafted at his workbench.
Unfortunately, time does not allow him to answer individual gunsmithing questions nor make referrals.