Sad News indeed! Although I never met him we exchanged some emails because he bought one of my ring lights around the first quarter of 2019. He was a great person doing beautiful works of art.
Rest in peace Jerry!
I don't recall meeting Jerry at a FEGA convention, although I might have. I do remember the muzzleloaders he built. As a builder of muzzleloaders myself for a while, I could appreciate what it took to produce the masterpieces I saw. Engraving is just one of the skills required to build rifles and pistols of this quality. Jerry was a master of all them. The French master, Boutet, would also applaud his work and Louis XIV would have bought one. RIP Jerry.
Jerry had health problems for the last few years. He had to have surgery a year ago that had caused him problems ever since. He was building a double barreled flintlock pistol that is an amazing piece. He didn’t suffer and thats what’s important.