Since I was young, I have always enjoyed working with my hands. Some of my earliest childhood memories were my Mom driving me to Salvation Army to find gadgets to take apart or to the plumbing store to gather materials for my next potato gun. I’ve always identified myself as a “tinkerer” but it remained no more than a hobby for the first 29 years of my life.
After graduating with a degree in bioengineering, I found myself unfulfilled being stuck in a bio science lab and discovered the same dissatisfaction after making the transition to a web developer sitting behind a desk. A cross country move provided me the opportunity to work remotely. The additional time at home allowed me to further explore my passion as a maker.
I spent two years diving into various “rabbit holes” such as woodworking and DIY electronics. As a lifelong bow hunter, I decided to attempt to make a couple knives for my close friends for the approaching hunting season. I instantly fell in love.
After making my first knife in 2018, I became intrigued by how many different skills and techniques that are required to make the “perfect knife.” I spent countless hours a day searching the web and watching YouTube videos to find tips and tricks that would enhance my abilities at as a knife maker.
After I had exhausted the online communities for knife making advice and information, I still felt like something was missing. I concluded I needed to find a skilled bladesmith that I could observe and learn from directly. I was ecstatic after learning Murray Carter was in my hometown of Portland, Oregon.
I was fortunate enough to be accepted into Murray’s apprenticeship program. The amount of bladesmithing knowledge he has to give is truly unimaginable. Graduating from the apprenticeship program and becoming a muteki bladesmith is an honor. I’m thrilled to be able to make my lifelong hobby as a maker into a career and to pursue the elusive goal of making the “perfect” knife.