I started making knives in 1986 when Bill Harsey invited me to work with him in his shop. I attended my first knife show in 1987 where I won Best New Maker award at the OKCA show. After that I was hooked, I spent as much time in the shop as I could and made a point of attending a show every few months. Unfortunately, life got busy in the early 90?s and I put shows on the back burner. I continued to make knives for local customers and the slower pace allowed me to focus on improving the quality of my work. I was fortunate to live in a location with several accomplished makers. The three who helped me the most were Bill Harsey, Bob Lum and Ron Lake. Every knife I make reflects something I have learned from these three makers and I am grateful for their willingness to share their hard earned expertise.
In 2005 I retired from a career in law enforcement and was able to realize my long time dream of making knives on a full time basis. My wife, Melissa, and I moved to Central Oregon soon after my retirement. Since then we have been attending knife shows around the country and having a great time. We've been blessed with a thriving business and many new friends. As far as activities go, knife making is second only to my love of hunting birds with my dogs Cooper and Gus. That one tops 'em all.
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