I’ve been making knives since 2002. It started with a coal forge in a shed behind my house in Maine – as I learned about the craft I focused more and more on bladesmithing: it’s a precise and nuanced skill, and the beautiful tools a smith could produce made the effort worth it. My life has taken me to several different places, often away from my original tools, but I have always found ways to work with wood and metal (even if it meant turning a spindle in my shower in Iowa, to catch shavings). After graduate school I moved back to Maine, and my current shop is set up in coastal New Hampshire.
You can get a feel for my personal taste in knives in the Past Work gallery. My design philosophy emphasizes functionality first – and a truly functional, well-built object is beautiful of itself. However, I’m also a fan of a little tasteful embellishment, so long as it doesn’t impede raw function. If you want a blade of excellent quality that will perform its job well, good. If you want the same blade, as well as a handsome artistic object that will last for years, even better.