• American Precision Museum hosts annual show
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     | October 13,2012
     
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    Winston Churchill, of Cavendish, engraved this deer on a revolver.

    WINDSOR — The American Precision Museum’s annual October show is back.

    The 13th annual Model Engineering Show today features expert craftsmen who design, manufacture and embellish premium firearms and miniatures. The engineering show is a popular fall event and is making a mark in the Upper Valley, according to event organizers.

    “People enjoy coming and learning, and seeing what people do and what others do,” said Nancy Hoggson, the museum’s development and communications director. “They’re interested in learning more, and every year is different. It’s a learning experience.”

    Model engineering and engraving can be demanding handwork. It takes years to develop, as well as patience, nimble fingers and precision.

    Winston Churchill, of Cavendish, is an internationally renowned engraver with more than 40 years of experience. Engraving is an ancient art, he said, and the time spent on creating intricate designs is well worth it.

    “(Engraving) is an artistic field that allows you to express yourself. You shape what you want,” Churchill said. “I’m like a painter or sketcher or an ink person, only the work I do is more permanent.”

    Churchill and Damien Connolly of Andover will do a presentation titled “The Art of Gun Engraving” in the American Precision Museum Community Center at 10 a.m. They will lecture on techniques and present their acclaimed works.

    Connolly has 37 years of experience in engraving. He moved to Andover from Mittigong, Australia, in 2011, and his engravings and miniature firearms have drawn rave reviews from collectors, say event organizers.

    Connolly is looking forward to their workshop and introducing the art to newcomers.

    “There is no field that so comprehensively calls in all aspects of engineering, handwork and craftsmanship to design metalwork,” he said. “It’s comprehensive as far as its demands go. There’s no other subject in the world that focuses so much demand on all aspects of handwork.”

    Churchill and Connolly will be joined by several other talented craftsmen throughout the day. Fred Gonet of G&G Restorations in Proctorsville will talk about miniature motorcycles, including his 1922 J.A. Police Special Harley-Davidson.

    Gonet’s Harley has a 61-cubic inch V-Twin engine with a three-speed transmission, battery ignition, and 28-inch wheels. His Harley is still running strong, he said.

    “It’s completely unrestored with the exception of a paint job in 1949. It runs great,” Gonet said.

    Museum trustee Bill McCarthy from Restoration Millwork of Riegelsville, Pa., will present a talk on “Civil War Weapons: The Transfer from Muzzle Loaders to Breech Loaders” at 12:30 p.m. in the Community Center, and another presentation on the Jones, Lamson and Co.’s Profile Milling Machine in the museum at 2:30 p.m.

    Lamson, Goodnow and Yale was a firm that operated inside the American Precision building. During the Civil War, the company outfitted the Union Army with clothing from the milling machine and played an important role in war efforts. McCarthy took part in the machine’s restoration and he will discuss his role in the process.

    The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 and $3 for students with school IDs.

    For more information, call 674-5781 or visit www.americanprecision.org. The American Precision Museum is at 196 Main St. in Windsor.

    christian.avard

    @rutlandherald.com

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