I began making knives in 1992. I made my first Damascus knife because I wanted one but couldn’t afford it. I studied every book and article I could get my hands on and through trial and error and seeking advice from knife makers I admired, I finally succeeded in making my first knife. I found that I couldn’t stop making them. As soon as I finished one I’d get an idea for another one.                        
 
    Friends who saw them wanted them and it just evolved from there. That’s how I’ve always done things. Growing up on a small farm in Mississippi money was something we didn’t spend on unnecessary items,so I made the things I wanted. I made knives,bows&arrows,quivers,sheaths,etc. As I grew older I found I got much more satisfaction from studying something and teaching myself to make it, and make it right, than I did from buying it. I guess that’s the creative side of me coming into play and the fact that my Dad and Mom taught me the value and discipline of being frugal.
 
     My Dad also taught me that a man is only as good as his word,that a good name is more precious than gold and,if it’s going to have your name on it, it should be of the highest quality you can achieve. Always do your best. That applied to every aspect of an honest man’s life. I always strived to make my Dad proud of me,I still do to this day,even though he’s no longer with me in person.
 
 
About Me
 
 This is my humble shop. It was an old car shed. With me are Blade(black lab,mine) and Shadow(golden,my wife’s). They keep track of my work. We share the shop with Wood Rat,who steals everything that’s not locked up.
I like working here,it’s simple and peaceful. During breaks I can listen to our six parrots ‘critique’ my work. They live in their own  house next door to the left. I can also watch my garden grow . It’s good here.


 This is my humble shop. It was an old car shed. With me are Blade(black lab,mine) and Shadow(golden,my wife’s). They keep track of my work. We share the shop with Wood Rat,who steals everything that’s not locked up.
I like working here,it’s simple and peaceful. During breaks I can listen to our six parrots ‘critique’ my work. They live in their own  house next door to the left. I can also watch my garden grow . It’s good here.