Arkansas Made Film Series


Directed by Joe York

Produced by Historic Arkansas Museum


Dallas Bump is a fourth-generation chair maker who lives and works in a small Arkansas community called Bear. At the age of 94, he continues to teach the next generation of artisans the skills and techniques needed to carry on his family’s 140-year-old tradition. With wisdom and humor, his lessons reach far beyond workshop technique to reveal universal truths about joy, loss and the notion of a legacy.


Dallas Bump was recently named the 2013 Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Arts Council (AAC). This award recognizes an Arkansan who excels in the creation of a traditional craft and who actively preserves and advances his or her craft through community outreach and educating others. The Historic Arkansas Museum is currently partnering with the AAC to create a mini series of documentary films about Arkansas’s Living Treasures, which range from basket makers and knife makers, to quilters, potters, stained glass artists and more. In addition to the Living Treasure award, the AAC keeps an extensive registry on artists all over the state, which can be found at 


Dirty Work: Arkansas’s Knife Heritage from Bowie to Rambo

Directed by Chris Cranford

Produced by Historic Arkansas Museum


Arkansas has played a prominent role in the history of knife making. This film illuminates the origins of the bowie knife and the Arkansas “toothpick” of the 1830s, and explores the revival of knife making in Arkansas today.

The Historic Arkansas Museum is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritgage

Arkansas Made Research Project

Historic Arkansas Museum

200 E. Third Street   |   Little Rock, AR 72201   |   501.324.9376

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