Bill Land's Cannon
I made the cannon in about 1984-85. Barrel was turned out of a piece of 1 ½” brass round stock about 24in long. The finished length is 19 ½”. Bore is .625 dia. The length of barrel (bore) is 18.25. The carriage is made of black walnut. The axle is ½” square steel turned on ends to ½ round for the 6 ½” cast aluminum wheels.
It had been sitting on the shelf in Nebraska until last Fall when I brought it back with us to Alabama to clean it up and polish the brass. The cannon was used on many July 4th family celebrations. It was fired as a noise maker and a large cloud of white smoke. Barrel has a 1/8” hole for cannon fuse, which gives you enough time to get away. Many of the early cannons used flash powder instead of time fuse and was ignited with a torch on the end of a long stick.
The load is about 100 grains of 3F black powder and news paper. Packed in with a ram rod to create a wad 3 to 4 inches long.
It comes out like confetti when fired.