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


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