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 a writer, having written two books on local history
and am working on a third. I write a weekly history column for the local newspaper
and manage the Council historical museum.
I also have a bluegrass band in which I sing and play several instruments.
My wife, Anna, is the Council Postmaster.
Anna & Me