What started as a hobby for an outdoor minded teen has been a learning adventure as it has grown into a small business. I had no idea what I was doing in those early days but I knew I wanted to make knives. I read every book on the subject that our local libraries had. I bought several books and started piecing together the equipment needed to make knives. In the early days I used a hacksaw, hand drill and files to cut out, profile and drill my knives. Over time I saved and got a 1x30 belt sander and things started to take shape. I've worked out of a goat shed, off of a workbench covered with a tarp, and a 14X32 workshop that I hope to one day outgrow. God has been good to me in allowing me to have a small business/craft that is so enjoyable. The complexities of the craft are astounding. It incorporates such skills as drafting/design, metallurgy, woodworking, book keeping and even web design.
Over the years I have worked in many different fields, from ranching, the oilfield, welding/construction, to emergency services and corrections. I love spending time outdoors in activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. I frequently carry and test my knives in the field while enjoying the outdoors.
Without the support of my wife Naomi Griggs I would not be where I am today as a maker. Also thanks to many fellow knifemakers, but especially to Mr Travis Payne. He taught me how to hollow grind as well as many tips and tricks to streamline the process and tune my fit and finish.