"In 1997, I stopped in at a small blacksmith shop in Kintnersville, PA, and watched blacksmith Gerald Biresch for several hours."
"Watching him change the shape of hot metal with hammer and anvil was very interesting. I started reading books on blacksmithing and going to demos of local blacksmiths and I knew I wanted to have my own shop. I was fortunate to find an abandoned blacksmith shop on a farm where a friend was renting. Everything I needed was all in one place: forge, anvil, tongs, hammers, and other assorted blacksmith items. I decided to utilize the stone foundation under my three-car-garage as my shop. I started out making simple things: hooks, plant hangers, small bracelets, etc."
"A client told me about a craft school she went to in Farmington, PA called Touchstone Center for the Crafts. The blacksmith teacher was Dr. Bob Becker from Oxford, Michigan. I attended my first class there in 1998 and took week-long classes under Dr. Bob every year for ten years. I usually take two week-long classes a year. Some of the other instructors I've studied under are Charlie Orlando, Peter Happaney, Tom Laten, Richard Sheppard, and Ray Rybar, learning different techniques and skills every year."