Hey Bruce!! I get up at 1am because I can't sleep for the projects running through my head. Start surfing the net and find you posting that I am stubborn!!! LOL!!!!! :lol: That's actually one of the nicer things said about me and my work on damascus gun barrels.
I'm building a pistol right now, that will have damascus barrel. The barrel is a .45 cal octagon. The pattern in this barrel is one of the patterns that was used on old damascus shotguns. It's called Bernard pattern. The billet was 81 steel rods, stacked in a 9x9 checkerboard. I don't think anyone has made this pattern since 1914.
The pistol is a side-lock percussion muzzleloader. Got the barrel finished and the beach plug installed and the standing breach fitted to it. I've just about got the lock built. The side-plate for the lock is some of the same damascus as I used to make the barrel. Still got to make the stock and assemble it. The wood for the stock, is some cherry that came from the site were George Washington grew up.
That movie of the guys welding a damascus gun barrel can be bought here. http://www.damascus-barrels.com/Movie.html Lots of other cool stuff on this site. This site belongs to Pete Mikalajunas. Pete got a copy of the movie from the Musée de la Vie Wallonne, in Belgium. They have another movie at the museum that they won't let Pete have.
Here is a link to another damascus gun barrel site. https://sites.google.com/a/damascusknowledge.com/www/home There are TONS of damascus gun barrel photos here. This site belongs to Dr. Drew
Steve, thanks for bringing back those links to the old school Damascus barrels. I had lost them.
"Stubborness" is a compliment in your case. I can't wait to see what you came up with on the latest attempt. Please give a peek here when you get a good picture of the pattern.