Project Details

Pleasant Valley Masonic Center held its first fundraiser project in 2009.  For the project, PVMC teamed up with Peter Alexander to create a Kentucky Rifle.  The center initiated a second project in 2012, handcrafted by Peter Alexander.  Continuing the tradition, PVMC teamed up once again with Peter Alexander for a third Rifle. Information on three rifles can be found below.

 

The PVMC Masonic Pennsylvania Rifle 3 (2016-2017)

PVMC Rifle 3

Peter Alexander’s latest creation is a copy of an original rifle that was built by Peter White who worked in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in and about 1825. Peter White started his career in 1799 in close association with John Armstrong in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Peter White worked for a time in Bedford County, Pennsylvania greatly influencing the gun trade there. He finally settled in Uniontown in 1819 and worked there until his death in 1834 at the age of 56.

 

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The original Peter White rifle along side of PVMC Masonic rifle 3, created by Peter Alexander.

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The PVMC Masonic Pennsylvania Rifle 2 (2011-2013)

Peter Alexander’s previous, the 2011 Masonic Pennsylvania rifle, was created in the style of gunsmith David Morton. David Morton worked as a clockmaker and gunsmith in the early 1800’s in West Newton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The addition to the series, the Masonic Pennsylvania rifle has a 47.5” swamped ed rayl .45 caliber barrel. A beautiful tiger maple stock boasts 23 sterling silver inlays, with over 3 feet of sterling silver wire inlay enhancing the unique raised relief carving on the stock. All of the rifle’s furniture is finely crafted from sterling silver including the nose cap, ramrod thimbles, sights, patchbox, toe plate, trigger guard and butt plate. The rifle carries a Bob roller lock and double set triggers created by Peter A. Alexander.

Tickets were sold for a chance to win a unique handcrafted firearm. Proceeds benefited the PVMC. David Climenhage was selected as the lucky winner on June 28, 2013.

 David Climenhage (left) with Timothy Shumar (right)

 

The PVMC Masonic Kentucky Rifle 1 (2009-2010)

The Pleasant Valley Masonic Center (PVMC) has teamed up with Brother Peter A. Alexander to create a one-of-a-kind Kentucky Rifle with a Mason flair. Peter once again created another fine piece of art, which he considers to be some of his finest work to date. This rifle has a swamped Getz rifled barrel of .50 caliber, a beautiful Chambers’ flintlock with a brass lock plate, a stock of very impressive tiger maple, and of course the decoration is as elaborate as I can create. The double set triggers, of my own creation, allow you to squeeze the trigger at short range shots, while setting the rear trigger make the firing, or front trigger a “hair” touch, so you will not disturb the point of aim at longer ranges. The rifle boasts silver inlays inletted into brass and vise versa, as well as the best relief carving I can do. There is also an abundance of silver wire accentuating the decoration.

Tickets were sold for a chance to win a unique handcrafted firearm. Proceeds benefited the PVMC. Robert Evans was selected as the lucky winner in June 2010.

 

 Winner 2010 with Tim

Above: Robert Evans (left) with Timothy Shumar (right)

Below: Peter Alexander (left) with Robert Evans (right)

Winner 2010 with Peter