I come from a long line of makers. It wasn’t called that back then, but our family has always invented and been curious. My Grandfather passed it down to my dad, and he to me. I have been fascinated with flight and am an active commercial helicopter pilot. My main work is firefighting in the Western United States.
I love to see the reaction people have when I make them something personal and unique. Most projects start with “so do you think you could…….” I learned Stained Glass from my dad as a kid, and later how to sandblast glass in high school.
Over my career I have etched glass for famous artists, built wood sculptures that combined Glass, Exotic woods and Neon light, also built custom cabinetry and lots of things in my different workshops.
We currently live at the gateway to Hells Canyon and I spend quite a bit of time flying in it. I see the herds of Elk, the occasional Cougar and many other big game species. I wanted to get back to my artistic/maker roots, so I started Hells Canyon Art Glass.
I learned about laser engraving and have become fascinated by the possibilities. I have yet to see images like the ELK and Cougar as I engrave them on tumblers. I will continue to push the limits of my abilities and welcome anyone who asks… “do you think you could…..”