Joe... he was a good friend.... I only wish we all had more time to see him again. Thanks for being so close to him over the years. He always spoke so highly and fondly of you and held you in the highest regard. He will be missed...
Bagwell bowies have been my grail for years, even though I've never seen one in person. I've been in awe of the man and his work. I'm saddened by the loss of a true icon, and I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.
I saw this on Instagram yesterday. So sad. Condolences to family and friends. I got into this game way too late to have known any of the old guard. Bill and the rest have my highest respect. Aside from the personal loss, it is such a tragedy that a lifetime of skill, knowledge and wisdom will disappear into the ether. That is why it is so important that we be good teachers and pass on as much as we can.
What a loss.
As a boy in the 70’s I had the pleasure of watching him forge a blade as my dad took me to meet him. Things were just getting started for him I believe. With the knifemakers guild, etc. I am fortunate to have some of his work from those early days. RIP Bill. You certainly made an impression on a young boy pounding a knife out of steel and explaining to me what Damascus steel was.