I was born (1952) and raised on a cattle ranch near the town of Council in west central
Idaho. I still live in this beautiful, forested area where my grandparents
on both sides homesteaded early in the 20th Century.
In my 20s, I spent four years traveling the West in a country-rock band.
While performing in Seattle in 1976, I saw scrimshaw for the first time,
fell in love with the detail that is possible, and started trying my hand at it.
After returning to my ranching roots, I started doing scrimshaw for the Buck Knife Company,
working on several hundred limited edition knives in the 1980s.
I no longer help run the family ranch.
I scrimshaw part time, and also work as editor of two local newspapers.
I have written three books on local history (see here)
and am working on a third. I write a weekly history column for the local newspaper
and manage the Council historical museum.
My wife, Anna, retired after many years as the Council Postmaster.
My most recent band, which, sadly, no longer exists: [Music].
Anna & Me