has long been in
love with the outdoors. As a child in school in South Dakota, he would
sit by the window of his classroom, consumed with frustration, longing
to be "out there" hunting, fishing and exploring the wide
open country that he loved. He also had a love of drawing, often using
the birds and animals he saw as his models.
Larry established himself as a graphic artist and, concurrently, began
to explore building muzzleloaders as a hobby. His artistic aesthetic
informed his gunmaking style and he found a place in the ranks of
fine craftsmen working in that field. He left his career behind in
1993, to begin Art and Arms, Ltd., producing beautiful, contemporary
reproductions of black powder long rifles.The hallmark of Larry's
work is a meticulous attention to the exquisite aesthetic details.
His rifles are technically perfect as well.
To quote from an article in the December, 2002
issue of Muzzle Blasts Magazine: "His guns
are absolutely correct from architectural and historical perspectives
and, plain or fancy, are always aesthetically beautiful. Real shooters
and real works of art!"
Larry and his wife Joan share the pleasures and challenges involved
in running Art and Arms, Ltd. on their mini-farm in Silver Spring,
MD. They travel extensively to shows
and to shooting competitions, as Larry has never lost his inborn love
of shooting and continues to pursue his early love of hunting too.
Larry works his practical magic in a one-man workshop
adjacent to his home, building each rifle with the care and craftsmanship
for which he has become renowned. He is also a superb restoration
specialist, using his own technique to return old, battered
and abused muzzleloaders to their former glory. He has won many
awards, including the coveted Best of Show in the 2001 Dixon's
Gunmakers Fair, for his spectacular Kentucky
style long rifle.
Larry also continues to work in acrylics and pen and ink as well.
Both his paintings and muzzleloaders are
in private collections throughout the United States. He accepts orders
for both by appointment with each potential client. He will be pleased
to talk with you. Please see the contact information above. You may
write, call or send an e-mail, as you prefer.