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Offline Mike Brooks

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COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« on: February 20, 2021, 08:02:43 PM »
Mostly based on The "Coykendahl" rifle by Christian Oerter from Christian's Spring, circa 1774-5.
  Red maple stock, 38" Rice "C" weight swamped  barrel in .54. Zornes lock, Davis triggers, my castings. 15' of fine silver wire and 3' of brass wire. Trigger pull is 13 5/16". I didn't weight it but it's probably about 7 1/2 lbs. The punched decoration inside of the wire design comes right from Oerter's "Coykendahl" rifle.




















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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2021, 08:18:26 PM »
That's a super cool rifle Mike!  There's sure a lot going on there.  Love those early rifles.
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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2021, 08:24:08 PM »
Lots to like there!
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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2021, 09:27:27 PM »
My family on my motherís side originally came from North Carolina before the American Revolution, and after a short stay in Virginia. They married into the Kykendahl clan.
This name is very similar to several others from that area. A friend that lives near me here in California has the last name of Kirkendahl a little checking of genealogy records revealed that both families are related, but adopted different spellings.
 This rifle is amazing, a fine piece of work.

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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2021, 09:31:41 PM »
I like it!

Heading to IL on Sunday for work.   Might have to stop and see it in person....

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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2021, 12:30:25 AM »
Check your messages Mike.

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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2021, 01:01:32 AM »
Mike, thank you for this fine rifle, and thank you for applying the punched decoration. We speculated that the stippling might suggest a lowered background from relief carving, allowing the "high areas" and cheekpiece to seem to stand above, but that was only a guess from the aged appearance of the original. What do you think? It certainly does highlight the design. Did you do anything different with stain in the stamped areas, or did the punched circles take more stain to appear darker? You may be the second person since 1774 to apply this technique!

Hungry Horse, I found the same names you have, beginning with Kuykendahl in upstate New York, spilling into New Jersey where some adopted Coykendall, then south to Salisbury, NC, on to Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, first into Texas and on. I believe this old rifle came from an elderly lady named Kirkendall in New Mexico, who had no relatives that wanted the rifle. Thanks for a great post, Bob

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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2021, 02:24:50 AM »
Mike, thank you for this fine rifle, and thank you for applying the punched decoration. We speculated that the stippling might suggest a lowered background from relief carving, allowing the "high areas" and cheekpiece to seem to stand above, but that was only a guess from the aged appearance of the original. What do you think? It certainly does highlight the design. Did you do anything different with stain in the stamped areas, or did the punched circles take more stain to appear darker? You may be the second person since 1774 to apply this technique!


I blew up the pics real big on the KRA disc and it sure looks like punched background to me. So I figured why not? It really makes what would usually be the relief carved design pop. I didn't do anything with the stain in the punched areas. The gun is stained with kibler's Ferric Nitrate. I had originally thought the punched areas might need some black paint, but  I think  just the punching alone gives the desired darker effect.  Probably the original gun has quite alot of built up dirt in those areas.
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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2021, 03:21:50 AM »
Very distinctive rifle there Mike, looks great!
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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2021, 03:35:18 AM »
That is a fine piece of work there Mr. Oerter, I mean Brooks.  Great representation of Oerter's work, once again.  Very well done!!

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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2021, 08:35:20 PM »
Fantastic work again Mike!

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2021, 02:33:57 AM »
Great job!!

I don't know which rifle I like more, this one, or the one with the red paint. Both are stunning.

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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2021, 07:07:54 AM »
Mike did you make a punch or did you find Paul Bunyun's nail punch?

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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2021, 05:18:32 PM »
Rumor has it that this beautiful gun is yet another victim of that great sucking sound from down in Alabama!
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2021, 05:24:26 PM »
It could also be the creek behind your house rising from the melting snow.    ;D

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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2021, 05:43:49 PM »
Mike did you make a punch or did you find Paul Bunyun's nail punch?
Common nail punch
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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2021, 07:24:10 PM »
 Really neat, gonna be hard to follow but I'm sure you will have no trouble, look forward to it.

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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2021, 09:13:00 PM »
Really neat, gonna be hard to follow but I'm sure you will have no trouble, look forward to it.

     Tim
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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2021, 09:21:22 PM »
Really neat, gonna be hard to follow but I'm sure you will have no trouble, look forward to it.

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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2021, 10:30:57 PM »
  Mike an Wayne. You two are turning out more guns than
ever..!  Keep building an keep showing..

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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2021, 10:37:45 PM »
  Mike an Wayne. You two are turning out more guns than
ever..!  Keep building an keep showing..
Iíve got two new ones in the pipe line. Wonít be long on either. One is guaranteed to turn some noses up. Folk Art piece.
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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2021, 05:01:09 AM »
The legacy continues! Nice job, Mike. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2021, 03:58:06 PM »
  Mike an Wayne. You two are turning out more guns than
ever..!  Keep building an keep showing..
I was just thinking about that....I had an unfinished Lehigh rifle with me at the Kibler kit building class at F-ship last August. It was # 379. This one is # 380. Looks like I'm producing 3 - 4 guns a year now.  Hardly the factory I used to operate. ::)
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Re: COYKENDORKER RIFLE
« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2021, 05:07:22 PM »
That's a $#*! of a creation, Mike. Very flamboyant...just like the original! Wow, I like it!
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« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2021, 04:30:27 PM »
That, in my opinion, is one of your finest compositions Mike.   I like the classic lines and the drop looks like it'd make a comfortable shooter.  The wire work encircling the punched and stained area is subtle, classy and appealing.  Is that actually darker staining in those areas, or did the stock stain just take darker where punched?   There's a lot of work there Mike, but it all came together really well.   God Bless,  Marc