Great to see this site up and running and lets hope it does well. I support its aims and look forward to contributing. So as a starter (and maybe a resource we can all refer to) what about listing the few remaining skilled outworkers or repair houses we can rely on to keep our collections in good order? I realise some of these people have quite enough work and might prefer not to be named on a website. Its up to us not to list those we know wish to remain under the radar.
Id like to recommend Elderkins. Still taking on an apprentice and a good skilled workshop with several gunsmiths on site. Woodwork and general repairs highly recommended. And I can’t rate highly enough Peter Dyson for any restoration work on antique firearms, and a lovely service experience from Peter or Wendy while their son gets on with the work. Anything you give him will take ages to come back but the quality is superb.
I know others but let’s have others contributing!
Welcome tim.man. There’ll be a blog article about the ‘outworkers’, soon. Where we have to be careful is that many of them work for the established Gunmakers, and to advertise (or appear to do so) for outside work, would probably cause offence, and may not care to have their contact details made public.
I’ve never had dealings with Peter Dyson, though viewing their website, it certainly seems that they carry a huge array of tools and useful items to the collector. I have dealt with Elderkins, and as you say, they continue to progress and expand employing competent and skilled staff. Long may they continue!
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