An Upshur County man is making a name for himself in the ancient art of making knives. Bailey Bradshaw is a bladesmith. He takes a raw piece of steel and turns it into a work of art in the form of a knife or sword.
"I take that same bar of steel and forge it in the traditional method in the shape I want it and then grind it," Bradshaw says.
He works on demand and that sometimes takes some extensive research. One of his pieces is modeled on the original Bowie Knife #1. The knife which now sits in the Arkansas Historic Museum, looks nothing like Hollywood depicts it. He works with a hammer and anvil. If he had one wrong hit, its just a piece of worthless metal; The right one, and it's a work of art.
"Knives are so intertwined with our culture, all the way from using them in the kitchen to the battlefields throughout history. That variety creates a fascination," says Bradshaw.