The business of "Neff Repair and Machine" was started in April of 1987 with the purchase of my first lathe and milling machine. This supplemented my farming income. In 1996, I sold the farm ground and bought some ground in the town of Malta, Idaho, 11 miles from the farm. Here, with the help of my children, I built a 2800 sq. foot building to relocate the business. In the small southern Idaho farming and ranching community I do agriculture and automotive repair, tires, machine shop, and some retail sales. With less than a thousand people in our valley, I found myself supplementing my business with building replicas of Civil War cannons. My son and I built the first cannon in 1994, and I have built several since then. Due to the cannons becoming more prominent in the business, I changed the name of the business to "Neff Cannons & Machine LLC" in March 2007.
The 1/6th and 1/3rd scale is the size I prefer to build. The carriages are all made of ash and finished with tung oil. The metal is blued steel or brass. All tubes in 1/3rd scale are in steel, and 1/6th scale are bronze. We can also paint the tube and hardware black and the carriage the drab olive green as was the original colors. The wheels on the 1/3rd scale field pieces stand 18.5 inches tall.
The Widow Blakely, or the naval gun, would fit nicely on a small table in the den or entryway in your home. The field artillery would fit nicely in the entryway, near the fireplace, or in the office or den.
I felt like I had done it right when someone walked up at a gun show and identified every piece of artillery.