I was introduced to silversmithing while in high school. I loved it but life being what it is, it was many years later that I had the opportunity to get back to it. I took some basic silversmithing classes and did a bit of lapidary work.
I started selling my work professionally at the Portland Saturday Market approximately 30 years ago in Portland, Oregon. I worked there five years before expanding to shops and galleries coast to coast.
20 years ago I started cutting, shaping and polishing stones again. I have been honing my skills with my close friend and mentor Homer Etherton. I travel around the western United States to rock shows and to visit other rockhounds and miners. I'm looking for that special material to make that special piece.
I live in a small river town in California where it's peaceful, quiet and warm. In my spare time I like to garden and fish.