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Offline Turkeycreek

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Steve Davis
« on: January 24, 2023, 08:34:55 PM »
Does anyone know what ever happened to Steve Davis? I have been an admirer of his work since the late '70s. The only one of his guns I've ever gotten my hands on was about 5 years ago at the Tulsa gun show, and I saw it there two years in a row. The gentleman wanted 4 grand for it if I remember correctly, and there just wasn't any way I could afford it. I still dream about that rifle! I kick myself for not taking some pictures of it!
Any info on him would be greatly appreciated.
TC

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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2023, 02:43:51 PM »
Steve is still around. He packed up and left Middle Tennessee. Relocated on the upper Michigan Peninsula. He is still working.

Mel Hankla was selling Steve’s personal rifle that is signed my Hershel House but made by both Steve and Hershel during Steve’s apprenticeship.

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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2023, 05:39:24 PM »
Thanks so much for letting me know. I'm just happy that he's still alive and turning out his marvelous work. Maybe someday I will get to handle one of his guns again!
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2023, 06:33:24 PM »
He was great early on. I’ve always admired his work.
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2023, 08:47:07 PM »
Having had the pleasure of handling one of his rifles I agree that he did outstanding work.
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2023, 11:55:15 PM »
There is a short bio on him in in The Book of Buckskinning III, which shows front and back views of three of his rifles. 

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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2023, 07:11:49 AM »
Yes, that was what first introduced me to his work, way back when BOB III first came out. Seen bits and pieces throughout the years and finally got to examine his work first hand.

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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2023, 06:04:46 PM »
I own one of Steve’s rifles.
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2023, 01:00:09 AM »
Maasral, I would love to see some photos if possible.
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2023, 08:51:26 PM »
Here are some pictures of the Steve Davis rifle that I have.



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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2023, 09:08:34 PM »
That's a beauty. When do you suppose he made it?
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2023, 09:52:05 PM »
Steve told me he built that gun in 1988.
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2023, 09:57:27 PM »
Maasral, thanks for sharing the photos! Fantastic rifle. You are blessed to have it.
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2023, 09:41:48 PM »
Love that toe plate box… just a nice gun all the way around ! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2023, 12:33:15 AM »
Earliest toe box I have seen.
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2023, 03:10:14 AM »
Turkey creek,
For more of Steve’s amazing work, look on the contemporarymakers.blogspot.com. There are several nice Steve Davis pieces on there. Good luck!
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2023, 07:24:52 PM »
Thanks Elkhorn!

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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2023, 07:28:13 PM »
Earliest toe box I have seen.
Yes Mike, the toe box is another very interesting aspect of this piece and serves to highlight Steve's incredible talent.
TC

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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2023, 03:51:41 AM »
Steve is still around. He packed up and left Middle Tennessee. Relocated on the upper Michigan Peninsula. He is still working.

Mel Hankla was selling Steve’s personal rifle that is signed my Hershel House but made by both Steve and Hershel during Steve’s apprenticeship.


 This gun will be available for y’all to see this weekend at the lake Cumberland show!
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2023, 06:29:15 AM »
Here are some pictures of the Steve Davis rifle that I have.



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I like everything about that rifle, I hope to be lucky enough own such a fine rifle some day. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.
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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2023, 06:33:12 AM »
Here's one I bought quite a few years ago.  I took 30 years to find it.














These next three rifles are not mine:






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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2023, 07:58:28 PM »
Stoner Creek, I SO want to come to that show this weekend, but alas, it's too long of a trip from NW Oklahoma. My wife was just yesterday showing me the show flyer on Facebook. What an opportunity to see that rifle up close and in person! Have a great time at the show.
TC

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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2023, 08:07:21 PM »
Curt Lyles, thanks for sharing your rifle with us, and for the other photos as well! I know other makers do fantastic work, but Davis's guns just draw me to them. Thanks for posting.
TC

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Re: Steve Davis
« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2023, 08:08:00 PM »
Stoner Creek, I SO want to come to that show this weekend, but alas, it's too long of a trip from NW Oklahoma. My wife was just yesterday showing me the show flyer on Facebook. What an opportunity to see that rifle up close and in person! Have a great time at the show.
TC
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