Just A few words about my website and what is represented here. This
site was put up primarily as a means to showcase some of the knives
that I have made over the past 24 years and also act as an outlet for
offering the knives that I am currently producing.
My interest in knives goes back to my childhood when I was fascinated
by every folding knife that I saw. It was not until I became a Tool
& Die Maker in 1988 that I was able to turn that interest into a
hobby. By 1991 the costs associated with this new hobby began to grow
and I decided to try and sell a few pieces at a local knife show. To my
surprise I was actually well received and managed to sell a few pieces.
That was quite some time ago and at present I am pursuing knifemaking
as a occasional part time business.
My knifemaking experience has been a lot of fun and I have met many
fine individuals through the business. I'm especially grateful to a few
fellow makers for a lot of assistance along the way. A local veteran
maker, Tom Downing, proved very encouraging to me as I was beginning.
One of the best folder makers I have had the pleasure of meeting, W.D.
Pease, was also instrumental in sharing with me many techniques that
proved invaluable and helped to improve my work .
In 1988 I started my first year as a Tool & Die apprentice. By my
third year as an apprentice I set out to make a crude knife. I would
have been content to be able to make a sharp piece of metal...(really).
A fellow apprentice and friend got involved and said "Oh, no, let's
make folders!". He never did make that folder that I know of. But I did
and I haven't stopped yet.
In the fall of 1991
I did my first small local knife show. Intimidated as I was, it came
off well and I started planning for the next show...
was continually striving to learn more and continually seeking out
other knifemakers for help and most were very accommodating. Eventually
I began making Interframe folders which are my favorite type of knife
because they lend themselves well to engraving.
My first big show came in 1993 when I did the Blade Show in Atlanta. As luck would have it I won the award for the Best New Maker that year. I am very proud of that award because of how talented the competition is.
By 1994 I started involving myself in the photography end of the
business. I have always loved photography and here was a way to have
fun and justify buying more equipment. It also saves me money and time
by not having to send a valuable knife off through the mail.
In 1996 after speaking with an engraver friend, Jere Davidson, I
decided to take a shot at engraving. Jere was kind enough to let me
come to his home for some personal instruction on the basics. Engraving
is a unique craft of it's own apart from knifemaking and takes quite
some time to develop the various skills necessary to do a professional
All this brings me to the present day
where I continue to improve on the skills that I have developed to
produce higher quality knives with each one that I finish.