I completed my first knife, which I still have, in March of 1966. I was lucky enough to have Gil Hibben as my Boy Scout Explorer Advisor and he gave each scout the opportunity to make a knife. For me, the "project" evolved into part-time and then full-time work. Later, I had the opportunity to work with Harvey Draper, Rod Chappel, Buster Warenski and, thanks to the kind recommendation of long-time friend/advisor Mr. A.G. Russell, Bob Loveless. I will be forever grateful for the effect these men have had on my life, and my work.