I am a self-taught artisan specializing in hand engraving, wood carving, silversmithing, and stocking of muzzleloading rifles in the traditional 18th & 19th century manner. I work with wood, horn, ivory and a variety of metals. My goal is always to create a one-of-a-kind object for each of my clients.
I was born in California in 1953 and lived in Ohio from 1955 to 1980. My search for employment in the printing industry brought me to Virginia in January of 1980. I left the
printing industry in 1993 to begin my career as an artist.
I built my first muzzleloading rifle in 1978 under the tutelage of Richard Costillo in Ohio, from a pre-carved stock blank. In 1982/1983 Keith Casteel encouraged me to learn to engrave the metal on my rifle using the hammer/chisel method.
My enthusiasm for making all manner of objects began with my research of the 18th century time period. Finding enjoyment in working in silver gave birth to my attempts to make different types of silver pieces. Most of the items I make are influenced by the style of 18th century Colonial America. Over the years I have become known for my careful attention to detail.
I created a powder horn for the Contemporary Longrifle Association in 2005. The horn was presented to Fess Parker in California to honor his role as “Davey Crockett” in the 1950’s television series of that name. Mr. Parker inspired the youth of the 50’s & 60’s to re-create the frontiersman life of our colonial American history.
Many Americana collectors today will readily recognize Mr. Parker as the visual character that has spurred their love of history and their collections today. (Click on the image to see an enlargement of the horn.)
I believe that the work I do helps to preserve and promote some of the beautiful artistic treasures of our past, and that I am creating the heirlooms and collectibles of tomorrow for discerning collectors today.
I am a charter member of the Contemporary Longrifle Association, and a member of the Kentucky Rifle Association, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, and the National Rifle Association.
In 2008 I was honored to receive the Distinguished Service Award at CLA in Lexington, KY.
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