I began studying metalwork at age twelve with internationally recognized artist blacksmith, Tom Joyce. By the time I graduated from high school, blacksmithing had become a calling to which I wished to dedicate my life. After studying ornamental ironwork with Joyce and others, I traveled to Japan as a journeyman. While visiting blacksmiths throughout the country I was fortunate to meet one of Japan's master knife-makers, Hiroshi Ashi, who kindly hosted me for the next two years.Thanks to his patronage I studied and practiced with many artisans in the city of Sakai, renown for its cutlery and bladesmithing.
I returned to Santa Fe in 2009 determined to build my own shop and make knives based on the techniques and philosophy that I learned from the craftsman of Japan.
Each knife style is slightly different, but here is an overview of the basic steps that are involved.