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Updated July 15th, 2020
A Bit About Mike
Growing up in Northern Ontario , spending time in the bush was a natural. And that is what we did as teenagers – camping, fishing, hunting and just plain hanging out (truth is, in those days North Bay didn’t have a mall – we had to go somewhere).
Of course, carrying a knife was just natural, and was used for everything, from skinning small game for dinner, to trout for lunch, to plain old whittling and throwing at trees. I can even remember carrying sheath knives to school – try that today!!!
About 1990 I met a fellow who made custom knives (I had never heard of such a thing), and discovered the Canadian Knifemakers Guild annual show, where the real world of knifemaking became evident.
By about the year 2000 I decided this was something I just had to try – so I bought a Bee 2 x 72″ grinder, and began.
Subsequent visits to the CKG shows gave ma a chance to meet and talk to other craftsmen, and I quickly learned that the members were all very generous with tips and suggestions on how to improve. It wasn’t long before I was really hooked! In 2003 the CKG accepted me as a Guild member, and I attended my first show, where I was thrilled to find people admired (and purchased) my knives.
Now there is little that I enjoy more than heading down to the shop to tinker and try new blade designs.
Many of the knives I make are custom ordered, often to the customers design and specifications for materials. I also love working with leather, and have made several sheaths for people who have a special knife that wants a better place to live.
I don’t produce a lot of knives in any one year, but try to find time to attend 1 or 2 shows annually, to meet outdoorsmen (and women) and also the other makers, to catch up on new techniques, materials and designs.
Now I am back in North Bay. And if you’re ever in North Bay, or just passing through to hunt or fish further north, give a call if you have a minute or two to stop by for coffee.
Deer outside my shop – the guy in the bottom photo is looking in the shop window as I grind!!