Born in 1950 I grew up in a small town in central Washington State. Since about the age of seven I have loved messing about making things and exploring the nooks and crannies of nature.
Diverted from this somewhat in my mid teens, I rediscovered, at nineteen, the world of craft through the Whole Earth Catalogue. After stints at leather craft and weaving, I settled on woodworking beginning at age twenty one, and applied this to stringed musical instrument building, mostly banjos.
Working on banjos led to an interest in carving and metal engraving, and, in order to learn, I began a study and practice of firearms engraving which exposed me to contemporary custom knifemaking.
When I was 31 (1981) I discovered Japanese applied arts which was as a spark set to dry tinder, in terms of the type of artistic depiction of the natural world I longed to express, on a variety of type of objects. My skill base at that time, coupled with a new-found artistic angle of vision, allowed me to enter a personally expressive phase which continues today; giving form to my love of the natural world.