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
for a seond income, working on several hundred custom knives in the 1980s.
I no longer help run the family ranch.
I scrimshaw part time, and also work as a writer, having written three books on local history
and am working on a fourth. I have written a weekly history column for the local newspaper since 1993
and help manage the Council historical museum.
I retired as editor of both the Adams County Leader (Council, ID) and
the Upper Country News-Reporter (Cambridge, ID) in May of 2018.
My wife, Anna, retired as the Council Postmaster in 2015.
Anna & Me