Mark's Background

In Person

 I display my work at and attend the Contemporary LongrifleAssociation show in Lexington, Kentucky and the National Matches of the National Muzzleloading Rifle Association at Friendship Indiana.


 I also enjoy teaching my techniques through the classes offered by the National Muzzleloading Rifle Association and held at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky. See NMLRA Progams List for Gunsmith Seminar.

On Video

 I explain and demonstrate the traditional gunstocking process that I use in three videos on gunstocking and finishing available from American Pioneer Video. 

Projects that Pique My Interest

  I am always interested in considering projects of unusual merit including everything from folk art to high art pieces.


Having reached a point in my career where a limited amount of time remains to accomplish my goals, there are many interesting projects that for one reason or another I have not been able to undertake. Although I am taking orders for regular delivery, a significant portion of my bench time will be devoted to special projects. Some of these pieces are listed in the section on current and future projects. If you are interested in acquiring a piece of my work and one of these projects is of interest to you I can supply a price quote and approximate completion date. I also maintain a list of those who would like to be contacted as pieces become available. 


My recent experience using this approach has shown that I produce a finer more interesting piece when the project can evolve as a natural part of the design and construction process. 

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Associations

 I am a past president of the Contemporary Longrifle Association, and a past president of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild

Origins

A full time custom gun maker since 1976, I worked as journeyman with John Bivins in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1978 and 1979.

Fine Art

I was guest curator of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Exhibition "Three Centuries of Tradition- The Renaissance of Custom Arms Making in America, 1640-1940" and co-authored with Wallace Gusler, the hard cover book that accompanied the exhibition. 

 

Service and Education

I am a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1967-1971; and attended Wayne State University from 1971-76. 

 

Contact Us

 Telephone: (906) 523-4014

msilver.ms@gmail.com
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