A note to remind all who have a jug choked gun; YOU CAN SAFELY SHOOT ROUND BALLS IN THE GUN! I would never perform any procedure which would make a firearm dangerous either. Another one of the positive things about jug choking is that in a LOT of cases, it makes round balls group better. Thanks.
11-14 I've got a picture of a very nice buck I got on Monday morning. 2017 8 pt. buck
12-11I've been slowly healing up from Lyme's disease, so production has slowed down a lot. I'm SURE I have the best and most understanding customer base of any business on earth. Not one customer has said anything but take your time, heal up and get well...I'll get the gun when it's done!! I have built 17 locks in the meantime for my gun and lock orders, since I can lift small parts much easier than dealing with heavy stocks and barrels. It's a very serious and painful malady and it seems as though we have an EPIDEMIC here in Arkansas. I'm slowly getting better, but it's going to be a long time before I'll be back to normal, (if I could ever say that about myself?) THANK YOU for your patience!!!
11-7I thought I'd give you a heads-up on a little problem I've encountered lately which has slowed me down. I began experiencing some pretty severe joint/muscle/bone pain which had a pretty sudden onset. I did a little research and it pointed to some kind of tick borne illness. If you have experienced any similar symptoms, you might want to check with a doctor and see if you can get on a regimen of antibiotics to stop this. It is so painful that it really restricts movement and activity. I am slowly healing day by day, but it is going to take time to get back to normal. In my particular case, my shoulders and hips are the primary pain areas, though I had some severe bottom of the heel pain for a while also. I've already talked to 5 friends who had the same symptoms but didn't know what was causing it. I think tick borne illness has turned into and epidemic in Arkansas from the number of people I've discovered who have it or had it. The doctor did a test to see if I had the disease, but the test came back negative and they said I had osteo-arthritis. I just continued taking the antibiotics and the symptoms are slowly disappearing. The medical field misdiagnoses this condition quite a bit, so I'd use some common sense if you think you've contracted it!! Needless to say, it's put me way behind on getting guns delivered and I apologize for that, but I have to work slower so I can heal up. I'm still working as hard and long as possible, but it takes a while to recover from something so severe. At least I've figured out the problem and am on the mend!!
11-7I did mange to shoot a pretty nice 8 point buck the 2nd weekend of our black powder season. It was the only decent buck I'd seen, but I couldn't really hunt as hard as usual, due to the pain and discomfort of the tick disease. He's in the freezer and our rifle season opens this weekend, so I'll be out chasing them...albeit a little slower than my usual pace. The old flintlock will hopefully throw a few sparks again!! Cheers and Good Luck out there with your hunting trips.
11-10 The Arkansas modern gun season starts tomorrow so I'll be out chasing critters this weekend and enjoying Mother Nature's splendid experiences. I'll be moving slower with the tick disease causing pain, but it won't stop me. Hope everyone out there can get out and do a little hunting too and send pictures if you take a critter and would like to have it posted on this website. Cheers~ ( Make sure your flint is SHARP before you load your gun! A new flint is NOT necessarily a sharp flint and you sure don't want it to cost you an animal after all the work it takes to get out there!!)
11-7 Due to customer demand, I've decided to start producing David Crockett Rifle locks for sale. The lock is 5.5" by 1" wide, with unbridled frizzen.The lock is Germanic style with a FINELY detailed frizzen spring. Go to Crockett page for a nice photo of the lock. The example shows a finely hand polished lock, though the commercial version will be in standard, fine-matte sandblast finish. Locks are $215...call now to order yours! Have a few locks built for your next fine longrifle!!
As of 7/28, shipping price has increased to $65 except for short versions of Northwest guns. FedEx used to have a length limit of 60 inches for "oversize" packages. My boxes are 59" and they just decreased the length limit to 48" and extra charges.
11-7 SOLD! I finished up a Southern Mountain Rifle a while backwith interchangeable .36 and .45 caliber barrels. I engraved a great little "primitive" deer on the trigger guard and it is pretty entertaining! New pics
11-7 I've got a new page showing new guns built, photographed and posted so you can see the latest guns going out of the shop. Most have custom engraving, carving, wood etc. so there's usually something different to see! Just hit the link to new page below. I've just been so busy getting turkey guns out and filling lock orders that I haven't kept up on the website!!
11-7 New guns photographed and posted! 7 new guns posted. including N.W. canoe gun and targets.
2-14 I just got a customer's rifle finished with a kind of unique engraving job. He brought in a Henry Yellow Boy" which is a brass receiver, lever action rifle. He wanted a cougar on one of the panels, a banner with his name on it on the offside and some other border and scrollwork. I just got it finished and if you'd like to see it , just click the link...Engraved Henry "Yellow Boy" rifle
I got 2 more guns photographed and posted. Both are English Fowlers with .54/20 gauge barrel systems. Both have pretty nice wood and some carving and extra decoration. I've built several other guns which I didn't have time to photograph, but got these 2 posted so you can see the newest stuff. Nov. 2016 English Fowler. Nov. 2016 stumpwood English Fowler.
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August 11th, 2016
I got another English Game gun built, photographed and delivered. It's got custom carving and nice piece of premium maple. It's a 20 gauge which I jug choked full for turkey hunting and extra good roundball accuracy, too! 20 gauge English Game gun
I got 2 more Southern Mountain rifles finished, photographed and shipped. I can't photograph all the guns I build because of the extensive time required, but try to get some of the more interesting, custom decorated guns posted so you can see what's coming out of the shop. 2 new Southern Mountain Rifles>>>I also got my 2 biggest bucks back from the taxidermist last month and got them hung in the great room. I also feed the fish in King's river from the deck. There's a wide variety of catfish, carp, various sunfish, bass etc. that hang out at the trough to get their daily "handouts". A very interesting fish showed up about 3 weeks ago, a mostly white carp. He's got all white fins and tail, a white stripe down his back, white scales and a snow white face and underbelly. His scales are as bright as new copper penny...quite an unusual, interesting and pretty fish! Greatroom bucks and white carp>>>
I got a couple of pictures from Kelley showing her turkey. I sent a picture of the turkeys and told all my buddies we used a pink flamingo decoy to lure in the gobblers. They said they didn't believe me but I noticed that the pink flamingo company price soared overnight! Pics & More >>>
Well guys, sorry AGAIN for not keeping updated posts here! I've been busy as heck processing a very large amount of lock parts, lock plates, butt plates, springs etc. and have also been building guns to keep things moving around here.
I see it's been over a month for my daily/weekly updates, but I'll try to do better. Got a new photo from a customer who got a nice Colorado doe with his Southern Mountain rifle >>>
Sorry for the delay in getting things posted here! I've been busy as heck getting turkey guns built and delivered in a timely fashion. I managed to get 2 fine gobblers this spring and one for my sister Kelley. I had to call one in for her too, since she fixes all my website issues and doesn't charge me!! New page with pictures >>>
Just got another 12 ga. English Game gun with sliding wooden patchbox done and posted. See this fine turkey gitter! >>>
I have 1 firearm on the "available page" and I'm getting ready to start another run of stocks to begin filling backorders. I've also started a new website feature, "The Caywood Chronicles" here on the site. I'll post magazine articles from the past, hunting stories and all manner of (hopefully) interesting things for the followers of this site. I got the first posting of an article from GUNS magazine done and a few additional links of other articles.
I got a new page posted with photos of a knife I scrimshawed for President Reagan back in the 80's. That was back when I was actually able to see what the heck I was doing. Reagan's Knife >>>
I've got a Northwest Trade gun finished and have photographs posted >>> Call for delivery schedule, price, options. Looks like we've had a pretty mild winter so far and I'm glad of it! The turkeys and deer should come through the winter in good shape and make lots more babies. I'm getting ready to start a new run of stocks today and continue filling orders. If you have any particular firearm you're thinking about, give me a call and see what I have in blanks suitable for your next new "toy"! Have a new page: Miscellaneous Tidbits, which has some jug choked targets and also some hunting with English Fowler pictures. Cheers~
I got another Southern Mountain rifle finished and photographed. It has .32 and .45 caliber barrels in the interchangeable barrel system. It has nice piece of stumpwood maple, custom engraved trigger guard and iron patchbox. See this fine new toy >>>
Yesterday, I mistakenly posted this gun having a .36 cal. barrel when it was a .32!
I havetwo more guns finished, photographed and shipped. One is a 2 barrel firearm with interchangeable 12 gauge/.62 caliber rifled English Fowler. It has very nice premium maple wood, carved teardrop lock panels and nice breech carving - See photographs >>>
I also have a very nice, premium maple stocked Southern Mountain Rifle. It has a little carving around the inlaid sterling silver cheekpiece for added appeal. See photographs >>> I
t's COLD here in Arkansas, so working in the shop doesn't seem such a bad idea! Glad I'm not working outside on the house trying to get it closed in!! Have done that before several times.
I have a proposal to sell and transition my business to new owners. I'm only 60 and want to continue working for a period of several years at least. I'd like to make sure the new owner has everything well in hand to continue building fine firearms and delivering the quality you've come to to expect. More Information >>>
I just got a fine, left hand, stump-wood English fowler finished and photographed. See Photos >>>
I just posted photos of the #6 Crockett Rifle. This fine piece of Americana is for sale due to the failing health of the original purchaser.
I finally got the lock sheet picture posted, the barrel work pictures posted and ALSO a beautiful marble cake English walnut, English Game Gun posted >>>
It features an interchangeable 12 gauge flintlock and .62 caliber percussion rifle combination. It also has a sliding wooden patchbox, incised carving and hand engraved breech areas.
There's a list of firearms available (or at least stocks cut) that is now current, so you can see what's on hand, ready to build >>>
If you have any questions on anything that's not answered on the FAQ page, give me a call. CHEERS!
King's River is sure a beautiful river and I'm truly BLESSED to live on it. This early fall pic was taken about two weeks before I got my basement windows and door installed.
Here's a nice 3 lb. smallmouth I caught on King's River several years ago, before my hair started turning gray! He hit a 6 inch lizard soft bait and gave me a good fight. I just talked bad about his momma and turned him loose to fight another day!