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Apprenticing to a Smith
« on: February 02, 2011, 12:43:49 pm »
MY Dad took a few revolvers to gun smith and got to talking about smithing. The gentleman said there we only 4 decent gunsmiths in the area north of seattle, and there wasnt anyone doing refinishing ( i google-fu'd to confirm) He also said he was intrested in teaching someone the ropes. Long story short, in about two weeks, I'm going with my Dad to pickup his revolvers and talk with the Smith about  the possibility of apprenticing.

Anyway, I know nobody gets rich as a gunsmith but If I can rescue some old guns and get paid for doing the stuff I already do in my spare time, it's a win win.

Ideally I'd take some time off and head down to a real school, but with starting my new job, part time apprenticing seems to be the best bet.

Any suggestions?
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    Re: Apprenticing to a Smith
    « Reply #1 on: February 02, 2011, 05:55:19 pm »
    Suggestions?...When you get done post where you are hanging out you shingle. I got a much loved S&W Model 36 that is too good to look so rundown.
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    Re: Apprenticing to a Smith
    « Reply #2 on: February 02, 2011, 10:18:09 pm »
    If there is a decent smith in Washington beyond the rifle guy I deal with in Everett, I have not heard of him.
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    Re: Apprenticing to a Smith
    « Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011, 11:42:37 pm »
    My Dad was pretty impressed with this guy, he specializes in  revolvers and lever actions from what my dad said. Right now the guy is doing his J frame, if that come out good he's taking in his 686 and 642. The revolver work is something I'm really interested in. It seems to be dying out lately. This guy is up in Sedro Wooley, anyway I'll see what's up when its done and I get to go talk with him.

    I 've talked with a couple of people who have claimed to do smith work locally, all seem to do nothing but drop in parts and repair work. I see the work being done by Gemini customs and others and I know what direction I want to go. Beautiful, yet bet your life on it functional.
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    Re: Apprenticing to a Smith
    « Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011, 01:47:09 pm »
    If he doesn't mind, I'd love to hear about how to get in touch.

    As I said, there are not many smiths in Washington.
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    Re: Apprenticing to a Smith
    « Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011, 05:36:20 pm »
    If he doesn't mind, I'd love to hear about how to get in touch.

    As I said, there are not many smiths in Washington.

    Sure thing, I'll send you his info as soon as I get it from my Pops.
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