American Pioneer Video

2911 Carriage Hill Dr.
Bowling Green, KY  42104-4395

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Charcoal Bluing a Gun Barrel features Gun Builder Tom Snyder demonstrating a traditional method to blue a gun barrel. This DVD also includes a segment with Tom on making charcoal since commercial charcoal is not suitable for this procedure. There is a bonus segment to highlight tools Tom makes for those interested in building 18th century style firearms in a traditional manner. This 45-minute presentation is now available for $24.95 plus $6 shipping.

Gunstock Stain and Finishes features Mark Silver demonstrating how to stain and finish a very fine Golden Age Flintlock Kentucky Rifle.  This rifle is relief carved with silver wire inlays and exquisite brass and silver mounts.  The traditional stain is made from nitric acid.  Included in this presentation, Tom Snyder demonstrates how to mix up your own nitric acid stain.  Mark also shows staining and finishing the ramrod.  This 48-minute presentation is $24.95 plus $6 shipping.

Inletting An Octagon Swamped Rifle Barrel Mark Silver demonstrates how to inlet a tapered and flared (swamped) octagon rifle barrel in a hand hewn curly maple stock in the manner of the 18th century gunbuilder using hand tools.  This DVD complements the earlier DVD with Mark on Traditional Gunstocking.  Includes a bonus segment on hewn gunstocks and how to layout a rifle pattern on a hewn stock. This 55-minute presentation is $24.95 plus $6 shipping.



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Effective January 1, 2013 we no longer have our 1-800 phone number.

We will be closed for the Christmas Season from Friday December 18 until Monday January 4, 2016.

Thank you for your interest in our DVDs which are intended to educate, instruct and entertain all who are interested in American pioneer crafts.  We feature some of the best-known craftsmen and educators to include Mark A. Baker, Hershel and Frank House, Wallace Gusler, Mike Miller,Tom Snyder and Mark Silver.  We have titles for beginners to professional makers with even more planned for the future.


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We are very security conscious and therefore do not recommend using email to send us credit card numbers.  The easiest way to order is check the titles for what interest you and call us.  Use our order form as a guide, or fill it out and mail or fax it to us.  We do not keep customer history and shred all credit card information about once a week.

Your purchase directly contributes to preserving certain positive aspects of our heritage and directly helps the featured artisans.  They receive a direct commission from the sales.  We certainly appreciate our customers, and hope you enjoy our efforts to promote the Preservation of the American Pioneer Crafts series.

Karen and Jim Wright

Long Hunter Series Five Now Available

  1. Mark Silver demonstrates how to stain and finish a very fine golden age flintlock Kentucky Rifle. This rifle is relief carved with silver wire inlays and exquisite brass and silver mounts in the style of a Carolina made rifle from the 18th century. The traditional stain is made from nitric acid. Tom Snyder demonstrates how to mix your own nitric acid stain and Mark includes staining and finishing the ramrod. DVD only $24.95 plus $6 postage. This DVD is on track to be available Dec 1, 2015.

  2. Mark Silver demonstrates how to inlet a tapered and flared octagon barrel in a hand hewn curly maple stock in the manner of the 18th century gun builder using traditional hand tools. This DVD is a companion to Mark's earlier DVD on Traditional Gunstocking. Only $24.95 plus $6 postage. This DVD is on track to be available Dec 1, 2015.

  3. Making a hand forged pipe tomahawk features Wallace Gusler from Williamsburg Virginia working in a traditional manner with hand tools to forge, file and finish a pile tomahawk common to the Colonial frontier. It includes a fine curly maple handle that Wallace drills, shapes, stains and finishes. Also shown are original tomahawks from his private collection. This DVD is scheduled for release March 1, 2016.

  4. Long Hunter Series Volume Five Now Available. The saga of colonial era frontier pioneer life continues! Mark Baker is featured in this educational and entertaining double disc set which is three hours long. Mark demonstrates many aspects from the lore of the long hunters based on his decades of continuous research. Camp life, open fire cooking, speed loading, canoes and water crossing plus more. Wallace Gusler is featured on hunting shirts, and Charlie Brown demonstrates bark tanning deerskins. Hunters from the Second Company take you into the woods for a visit to an enchanted valley in an exacting historically correct approach to living history. Great music and fun adventures with Mark and his friends which include Mike Miller and Judge Carroll Ross. Special appearance with his wife Marlys, and special guests Ehrin and Beth Ehlert.  We are pleased to present The Long Hunter Series Volume Five!  $29.95 plus $6 postage. Order all five volumes for $125 plus $8 postage.

  5. Making A Hand-Forged Flint Lock with Mike Miller.  Mike forges and files the lock for a fine rifle using hand tools in an 18th century manner.  This project is 100% taped and in the queue for editing.  Tentative release date May 2016.  Gallery p.1

  6. Patch Boxes with Wallace Gusler. Will demonstrate how to fabricate and install a four piece brass patchbox. A separate project will cover the sliding wooden box lid.

  7. Building Jaeger Rifles with Mike Miller Gallery p.1

  8. Building a Swivel-Breech Rifle with Mike Miller