I came to being a knifemaker later in life. In 1997, at age 56, I began doing this fulltime, determined to focus my life on what matters most and what I enjoy, my family and making good knives. I've been making knives for almost 20 years, and doing so professionally for the last few. It's a very gratifying business, creating tools that are both functional and beautiful at the same time, creations that are meant to last for the life of the owner and beyond. I really can't think of many things more satisfying than watching pleasure on the face of someone who just bought one of my knives, smiling as he holds it in his hands. The feeling is especially grand when I know he already owns several knives from some really good makers.