At the Holland & Holland gun factory
Until last week I knew nothing about firearms. After a visit to the Holland & Holland factory in north-west London, I now know it takes the most amazing set of skills to create one of its rifles or shotguns.
They are quite beautiful creations, in which every single one of the 80 to 90 pieces is made individually. The workmanship in these instruments is extraordinary. This is precision engineering at a superlative level.
The stock or butt is made from seasoned Turkish walnut, which has the right moisture content and physical structure to make a comfortable, reliable piece to go against the shooter’s shoulder.
Some 42 people work at the factory, which the company moved into in 1885. Part of the Chanel group since 1989, Holland & Holland produces only about 80 weapons each year, which includes ready-made pieces for its Gun Rooms and bespoke items made to clients’s specifications. Having seen the process, I understand why the output is so small. Quality is more important here than quantity. No wonder English guns are regarded as the best in the world. www.hollandandholland.com
My outfit on the day was my vintage Aquascutum wool coat, Johnstons of Elgin cashmere rollneck, Tootal scarf and Derby tweed tailor-made trousers.
I visited the factory on behalf of www.billionaire.com. Read my full report here:
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