I live in Bremen, a small community in western central Kentucky with my wife Joy. I made my first knives in 1974 and applied for membership in the Knifemakers Guild in 1980. I was a voting member of the Knifemakers Guild from 1982 until I retired from that organization in 2013. I have enjoyed making knives for over 40 years and have found it rewarding in many ways. I have been fortunate to meet many fine people from all over the world, both makers and just folks with a common interest in handmade knives. I can also derive a great deal of satisfaction from the belief that my knives have been widely used and hopefully enjoyed by many of these folks, both military and civilian, for many years. Originally, my goal was to be able to make a custom knife as well as the known makers of that time. It was a challenge then, and of course, it still is today. I try to put my best work into each piece, to make each piece unique, and to create a knife that satisfies the imagination of each customer. Currently, my status is semi-retired and age and health restrictions dictate that I don't commit to large orders. However, I intend to continue knife making as long as I am healthy and enjoy it. I made a series of 50 battle knives for the U.S. forces during the Gulf War and continued making knives for our troops, the most recent have gone to Afghanistan and Iraq. My knives were aboard aircraft carriers, destroyers, attack helicopters, Harrier jets, and in the desert with the troops. I have enjoyed hearing from many of these folks, and their stories of where and how their knives were used. My personal hobbies include a passion for deer hunting, both whitetail and mule deer. I live in Kentucky and we are blessed with abundant deer and turkey that I hunt with my family whenever possible. I especially enjoy hunting the mountains of the Western states. I also enjoy researching the Indian Wars era of the American West, and collecting single action Colt revolvers of that time period.
Steels: I use CPM 154 stainless or 154CM stainless for most using knives, professionally heat treated to Rockwell 59c to 60c. These are very stain resistant steels with good edge holding ability and will polish well. Although I no longer forge and make my own damascus, I have recently begun using specialty damascus steel from other damascus makers.
My book, "COAL DUST AND DIAMONDS" is about some of the characters that I worked with while mining coal in western Kentucky and a few hunting adventures in the mountains of several western states. It is available on Amazon at $9.95 .