History

I am a fifth-generation Montanan, raised in Lincoln, Montana just outside the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Living in Lincoln I was able to enjoy hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, motorcycles, and sports.  My younger sister Sarah and I were raised in a small log house that my parents built almost entirely by themselves.

At age 11, I met Rick Dunkerley when he coached my Little League baseball team. Rick was making hunting knives and had just started learning to forge his own Damascus. For Christmas in 1992, my parents gave me a Dunkerley knife, hand-forged from chainsaw chain. During Christmas break, Rick invited me to his shop to learn about the process of making a knife. That February I joined the American Bladesmith Society as an apprentice, and throughout the next couple of years I worked on improving my knives as Rick continued to fit me into his busy schedule.

At the time I had a lawn-mowing business in which my Mom, Lisa, drove me to my different jobs. I used the money earned from lawn mowing, and working in my parents’ excavation business, to pay for the knife-making equipment I needed for my shop.

In June of 1996, I passed the Journeyman test in Atlanta, becoming the youngest Journeyman Smith in the American Bladesmith Society at the age of 15. I continued refining my work throughout high school, making time between homework, sports, and work. In June of 2000 I passed the A.B.S. Master Smith test, becoming the youngest to do so at the age of 19.

I am blessed to have 4 wonderful children.  Demi, Sadie, Hank, and Macey.  I own 21 acres in Frenchtown, Montana where my shop is set up.

My full time job as a Journeyman lineman for NorthWestern Energy provides me a stable income with benefits.  I love my job and the men I work with.  I climb power poles, operate backhoes, and get to work outdoors in western Montana.  Best of all this job allows me time to create the knives that I’m excited to create.