Wayne Estes is a central Kentucky man that has been making longriffle muzzleloaders, also known as flintlock muzzleloaders, for over 20 years. The Kentucky long riffle muzzleloader has a long tradition of production and though the tradition is quickly dying out, there are still a number of avid and committed craftsmen in Kentucky that preserve the tradition today.
As a native Kentuckian, gunsmithing means more to Wayne Estes than simple weapons production; it is his art and a way for him to communicate with his cultural history and personal identity, as well as a way for him to leave something for future generations to remember their cultural heritage in years to come.
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