Cox Creek Mill
Metalwork—recycled and repurposed
unique metal art
October hours: daily 10–5
Year round by appointment
4705 Annie Smith Road, Nashville
(Mill photograph courtesy of Ryan Stacy)
Metal artist Bradley Cox is a certified welder who spent years welding on gasoline tanks nationwide. In the midst of his welding career, he would travel to Brown County to rest and refresh.
“I would sign with relief as I drove into the county,” Bradley says.
Now he lives in Brown County full time and makes his artwork out of his home studio at Cox Creek Mill.
Industrial welding may seem a long way from fine art, but more than 18 years ago, Bradley turned his welding skills toward ornamental iron and recycling old metal parts into artwork. Bradley makes artwork fabricated from bolts, studs, and nuts found littering industrial refineries all over the country, along with other old metal parts.
“I like to buy any metal I need from Kroot,” says Bradley.
Kroot All American Steel is a 125-year-old family owned business in nearby Columbus, Indiana.
Whimsical pieces include turtles made from iron skillets, and daisies with petals of horseshoes. Larger exterior pieces have included a dragonfly of metal and iron parts with seven foot wings. Interior pieces include custom spiral staircases and wall hangings. Bradley’s wife, Stephanie, does all the accent painting on Bradley’s finished pieces.
The centerpiece of Bradley’s studio is the giant metal water wheel at Cox Creek Mill. The Mill itself is a two-story structure sided with board and batten poplar. Hickory, walnut and cherry are used throughout the building. The hand-made working metal water wheel is 14 feet in diameter with 64 buckets weighing over 3000 pounds. This also serves as the metalworking studio for Bradley as well as a shop full of his metal art.
Bradley will be conducting demonstrations throughout the tour.