2022 Military / LEO / Firefighters Scholarship
In appreciation of their service to their communities and country, Southern Ohio Artisan Workshops would like to extend a fully paid scholarship to former or current US Military Personnel, Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters. This scholarship will be available for one qualifying individual for the February 2022 session of the Gunmakers' Workshop
To make this possible, Ian Pratt and Ken Gahagan will waive their instructor fees. Additionally, Larry Zornes of the Mold and Gun Shop has graciously offered to supply needed gun making parts such as the lock, barrel and hardware. A group of our gun class students have donated funds to cover the recipient's onsite meals and lodging plus the cost of a stock blank and barrel inletting, and Jason Gatliff has offered to advertise the scholarship in Muzzleloader Magazine.
This class is a rather intense week of gunstocking. We use primarily hand tools such as chisels, files and rasps to fashion a serviceable and historically authentic firearm . The recipient will be required to bring a selection of hand tools; a list will be provided to the winning entrant. As a recipient, how much you can get done in the allotted time will depend on your knowledge of working with these hand tools and general skill set. While there is a lot going on and possibly many new skills and techniques to learn, you'll be working in a low pressure friendly environment. The hope would be that you would meet some new friends with similar interests , and learn some new skills which you may apply to future builds.
The Gunmakers' Workshop is held each year at Canter’s Cave near Jackson in Southeastern Ohio. This is a very nice set up with all meals and lodging provided on site - the cost of which is included in the scholarship - so you can really make good use of your time there. The scholarship applies to session / week 1 which will be held held the week of February 20th -26th, 2022
To apply for the scholarship, you must provide a short essay that outlines your skill set with hand tools, wood and metal working skills and if you have built any flintlock rifles - kit or scratch built. Tell us why you want to take on this challenge and what it might mean for you. Please respond with your essay to Ian Pratt at ipratt360 at gmail.com and kgahagan4 at gmail.com by no later than December 15th 2021. You will be advised by January 1st 2022 if you are chosen.