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Finally did something I have wanted to do for awhile, took a road trip to the North Carolina Museum of History to view the Carbine Williams workshop. The complete workshop was moved to the museum in 1994. It is not a very large shop, about the size of a 2 ½ car garage and only two machine tools, on the right side is a large milling machine powered by a belt going to an overhead pulley and shaft. In the back is a lathe I could not see how it was powered but I am guessing it used the same type of power. It was interesting seeing all the hand tools and I was surprised at the number of files, there must have been 50 of them lined up on the bench. Also there were many different rifles around the shop all I am guessing were prototypes.

https://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/exhibits/david-marshall-carbine-williams

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Marshall_Williams

Here is a picture of the rifles he made in prison, sorry for the quality forgot my camera and had to use my phone instead.

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I remember as a youngster in the 50's all of the files my Grandfather had. He was a machinist. I also remember Bill Oglesby who would take in someone wanting to work in his shop as a young gunsmith with a desire to learn. One of the first projects he gave them was learning to use a file.
 
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