GREENFIELD — If Mark Highsmith had a vision, it was a hazy one. After being injured in a construction accident, Highsmith needed to find a new way to make a living, and he knew just one thing – he didn’t want to work for anyone else ever again.
Highsmith began apprenticing with a gunsmith, eventually starting his own operation in 1988. For 20 years, Highsmith worked in near-solitude out of a small shop next to his New Palestine home.
The 51-year-old said he would have been content working that way right up through retirement.
So even as he puts the finishing touches on a new, 12,0000 square-foot gun shop in the heart of downtown Greenfield, Highsmith still seems a little surprised at the turn his business has taken.