My interest in knives began when I was a young boy. I received a knife carved from a piece of drift wood by my father and the love of knives began. When I was a kid I had an extensive collection of factory knives that my mother allowed me to own. Believe it or not I was even allowed to carry them in my pockets to school and basically everywhere. I was seldom without a knife and that trend carries on today. As I got older, I got into custom knives. Since I enjoy working with my hands, I tried to make some knives and while crude they did spark a passion in me. At first I used stock removal for the knives but quickly realized I loved to forge. This all took place in 2000; by 2001 I had joined the ABS as an apprentice smith. This year(2004) I tested for my journeyman smith status and got it. I also became a member of the Professional Knifemakers Association and have attended that show since 2001. I was recently voted secretary/treasurer of that organization so if you need any info on the PKA just let me know.
I have been blessed with a lovely wife who puts up with my addiction to knife making and a wonderful son, who feels a duty to check out each piece I make for his approval. I attended Robert Morris College and received a Bachelors Degree in Business and eventually I went back to school at University of Illinois Springfield campus and received my Masters degree.
My favorite types of knives are Bowie knives, both large and small. However, I do build almost every other type of knife. Lately I have been making a lot of kerambits. I build knives based upon my designs, historical pieces and will also work to a customers designs.