By Chris Young
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Chuck Lindsey has a lot in common with the sculptor who can stand in front of a block of marble and visualize the statue within.
Whether it is a block of maple or a scrap of iron, Lindsey just shrugs his shoulders and says, “I just cut off everything that doesn’t look like a gun.”
When Lindsey, of rural southwest Logan County, is making his own vintage firearms, he combines his engineer’s training (he is retired from Caterpillar) with an artist’s sensibilities.
“When I was about 25, 26 years old I shot a muzzleloader for the first time and decided I wanted to start building them,” he said.
Lindsey builds muzzle-loading firearms, especially flintlocks that were in use in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.1 2 3 next >>