It was not long after completing his apprenticeship when Philip soon became a craftsman. And because of this he earned his membership into the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers in 1992 by servitude.
This means he started a further four years (two years before completing his apprenticeship which was five years) honing his skills and showing the Company that he could produce the very best gun barrels as a craftsman, thus proving to them he was worthy to become a member.
This then gained him the Freedom of the City of London. An award he is extremely proud of. Especially that he rightfully earned his by the true and original method.
He was also a member of the Society of Young Freemen.
(Now known as The Guild of Young Freemen)
Philip has been working in the gun making industry since 1985, and has worked for some of the most reputable gun manufacturers in the country whilst learning his trade.
He apprenticed at Purdey as a barrel maker and spent a total of nine years there. He then worked for Holland and Holland for six years as barrel shop foreman.
He has spent his complete working life in the gun trade, making and repairing the best sporting weapons. Philip grew up in Canada. Naturally he is a passionate outdoorsman and particularly enjoys camping, fishing and shooting.
He goes back to his "home" on the Great Lakes in Ontario for the Bass fishing season as often as he can, but not as often as he'd like!
His shooting experience goes back to the age of ten years old when he used to wander his farm in Canada with a Winchester .22 shooting squirrels. Over the years he has gained much experience hunting in the Canadian wilderness, stalking in England and Scotland to driven game shooting all over England. This enables him to give you the best advice on whatever your needs in the field.
He specialises in barrel making and sleeving, especially double rifles but is happy spending most of his time these days restoring and maintaining shotguns and rifles.
Philip has an outstanding reputation for his superior gun making skills, not just locally, but across the country and around the world.
He is not an RFD or gun shop claiming to be gunsmiths or say they carry out gun repairs. Phil is one of a unique handful that served a full 5 year apprenticeship and another 4 years under the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers.
Not only does he have the experience, he has the passion.... even after 36 years on the bench. He treats your gun as if it was his own. So trust your gun to someone who's career is and always has been in gun making.
Phil's Story (From Both Sides of The Atlantic)
BOZARD & CO.
The right to herd sheep across the bridge is now effectively symbolic but the tradition still lives on here.
From Craftsmen to Freemen