I was born in 1954, in Seattle, Washington. The second son of an architect
father and artist mother, began a lifelong exposure to building, design,
and the arts. From early on, I developed a strong interest in art and
making things, as well as a passion for the outdoors. At age 16, I broke
my back in a rock climbing accident. During the long months of the recovery
process, I began work on my first large scale wood sculpture, a 7'
totem pole in the Northwest Coast Native style.
In 1976, during an extended sojourn in California's Yosemite Valley, I made several ascents of the vertical 3000' wall of El Capitan, as well as a climb of the awe inspiring, relentlessly overhanging, West Face of the Leaning Tower.
In the fall of 1978, a climbing partner and I were trapped by a sudden violent storm high on the difficult North Face of Mount Shuksan. The desperate days and nights that followed, as we made our escape in harrowing conditions, took us to the limits of our endurance.
The following summer, I set out alone from Deer Harbor, Washington in a 16' open rowing boat and headed north, up the wild west coast of British Columbia. Seventy days later, after many adventures and much wind, I reached Petersburg, Alaska.
In 1980, my friend Mary and I made an 800 nautical mile circumnavigation of Canada's Vancouver Island, in the same small boat.This 80 day wilderness odyssey was our first ''big date", forging a bond which has endured to this day.
Over the next five years we made even longer and more ambitious journeys
by rowing boat and kayak. We supported our adventures by living frugally
and doing a variety of carpentry, remodeling and repair projects at
home on Orcas. We traveled with the most basic of equipment, a minimal
budget and no publicity or sponsorship of any kind.
Catching a coastal steamer headed north,
we followed the summer breakup of the sea ice to the rugged and remote
coast of Labrador. Taking to the water once again, we paddled north,
along the barren and desolate but very beautiful shoreline. Seventy
miles north of the Inuit village of Nain, we were finally forced
to retreat by Arctic gales and the encroaching ice pack.
In 1992, I finished construction of the present shop building. Although initially I used the shop for woodworking, within a few years, I had made a leap to full time metalwork as a means to support a growing family. Self taught in the metal arts, I began to amass the tools and skills required.
Since 1996, I have pursued a full time career as an artist blacksmith. A steady line of wonderful and imaginative clients have supported us and made the business what it is today. I feel exceedingly fortunate to be doing what I love to do.