My dad says I have always been good with my hands. From the time I was about four years old I could be found by his side “fixing” what needed to be fixed, be it the house or the car. By age six I was disassembling lawn mowers, radios and cars—I didn’t start learning to reassemble until I was about ten.
I have never been one for traditional means of learning, I have always been better at the hands-on approach and the same holds true for knife making.
Sometime back in 2013 a good friend of mine asked me for some help heat treating a Wakazashi blade. That day, I went home and started collecting and researching the tools of the trade. Shortly after, I built my own forge, procured an anvil, and bought a set of hammers that I still prefer using today.
In early 2015 I was contacted by the History Channel to be on the premier episode of Forged in Fire. I returned for the third season of the show as a contestant on the “fan favorites” episode. My television appearances caught the eye of the local community college. They asked me to teach the Art 175 blacksmithing/ Bladesmithing course which I did for 4 semesters until May 2018. Teaching at Pima Community College inspired me to start up my own metal arts school. It is still in the planning stages but I hope to be open by first quarter of 2019.
With the help of my good friend and mentor Goya Kenny I have made my way to learning the ins and outs of this trade I have come to love. As far as personal mottos go mine seems to be, “I never make a mistake, I either succeed or learn!” Please enjoy my knives and if you see something you can’t live without…. Let me know, I’d love to make one for you!