Before I started making knives
it was my time spent in the saddle that I learned the value
of the most “primitive survival tool known to man”.
As a Wrangler, resting my hand down on my right side
became habit; a security check
to make sure I still had my survival tool.
The inspiration behind my work
comes from a deep desire for connection.
It seems to me that we all have a need,
in varying levels to connect;
whether that’s to the world we grew up in,
to the people we have spent our lives with,
to the little passing moments
or the big life events
that have all imprinted on our hearts.
There is an instinctive nature inside of us
that has ignited our curiosity since the beginning of time.
Out of pure necessity we discovered a way to hand-craft sharp tools
and with those tools we forged fires,
and built empires that housed our most coveted
connection to this world.
This connection has become our heritage.
This connection is our legacy, our stories that have been shared for lifetimes.
I feel like I’ve been searching for something my whole life
That something that makes my heart beat fast.
That one thing that connects us all.
because in my opinion,
it is that capacity for connection
the capacity to celebrate life
that is the most primitive survival tool known to man.
I wanted to make a tool that would allow someone else
to create something just as beautiful in return.
All of the tiny moments that remind us
Of how precious this life is.
When you really start to observe what you are connected to
with careful consideration about materials
that you can incorporate into a handle,
it allows you to see your world in a completely different way.
Everything becomes a possibility.
Memories from your past become repurposed
to create new memories in your future.
Artifacts from your life become frozen in time
and given a new life and a new meaning.
Within every one of us there lives an instinct
to stay connected to the history
that has brought us to this very moment.
So tell me, what is your legacy…
What are the stories that make your heart beat fast?