I’m a native east Tennessean. Born and raised in and around the Great Smoky Mountain area. And I have a passion and love for the outdoors. Hiking, hunting, fishing, and anything out side. I saw the need for a good using knife and made my first knife in 1980. I have continued to progress through the years.
I was privileged to take the Intro. Course at the American Bladesmith Society (A.B.S.) School under Master Smith Jim Batson in October 1998.
In October 1999 I took a Handle & Guards Class with Master Smith Joe Keeslar and in October 2002 I took a Damascus class with Master Smith Tim Foster.
I earned my Journeymen Smith Rating with the (A.B.S.) in2003. I have taken other classes as well. Quillion Dagger Class with Master Smith Kevin Cashen and have trained with several others.
I am a flintknapper of 20 years and was the co-host of the Clinch River Knap-in for 10 years and still attend many knap-ins.
I found Larry Dean Olsen’s book Outdoor Survival Skills in 1976. Then began a journey of a lifelong pursuit that is still going on to this day.
I attended the standard course at Tom Brown’s Survival School in 1993. I have studied primitive skills, survival skills and bush craft for many years. I teach survival classes though out the year.
I have studied the Art of Ninjutsu since the late 80’s and I have earned a 6th degree black belt.