Lawrence Campbell was 9-years-old when he became enamored with cannon. He’d seen a .45-caliber black powder piece and wanted it. His father made a deal with him. If he learned weapons and black powder safety, he could have it. After a bit of study, he proved his knowledge, and dad was true to his word, buying him that cannon.

That moment was the beginning of a life-long relationship with heavy artillery. After firing that first cannon, he wanted more, and bigger, guns. They’ve been getting larger ever since.

A self-taught gunfounder, Lawrence began making his own cannon in his teenage years, and took his passion for artillery professional in 1996.

Each of his cannon and carriages are a work of art. He is the designer and engineer, master artist, sculptor, wood worker, blacksmith and foundryman producing accurate, historical (firing and non firing) reproductions of cannon and carriages from the 1200s through the 1800s. He also prides himself on maintaining the lost art of ornamentation - sculpting coats of arms, dolphins and other historic decorations onto his cannon.

Not only does he create the cannon and carriages, but also, he can often be seen in reenactments across the United States, conducting firing demonstrations and historically accurate cannon drills as a living historian.

In case being a cannon maker wasn’t enough, he also has an Airframe and Power Plant degree and is a degreed brew master.

His creations can be seen across the country. He has created naval carriages for the National Park Service and his cannon have been featured in a number of TV specials.