This morning brought an interesting post on the History Blog concerning the
recovery of a stolen Revolutionary War-era long rifle made by gunsmith Johann
Christian Oerter. Here's the link: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/56914
The History Blog mentions tools now and again, and, I think, is an interesting
adjunct to our Porch.
The comments to the post caught my eye when someone commented, inter alia, on
how beautiful a rifle was produced with such crude tools. Now, I know that we
would all agree that the tools Oerter used were not crude, and indeed that was
recognized by the next comment. Here's a bit more on his too-short life: https://christiansbrunn.web.le
My question: Have any of Oerter's tools survived the centuries? I've searched,
but come up empty-handed so far. I can think of no better place to begin such a
search than here on the Porch.
Pete LeenhoutsRestoring RIPTIDE, a 1927 Schertzer Brothers bridge-deck cruiser