I grew up on a hobby farm in Northeast Nebraska, and starting at a very early age my parents got me out in the woods. I learned to fish as a toddler, and then started hunting and trapping. I’ve always liked to keep busy building things and crafting stuff, so it’s no surprise that once I moved to Northeast Minnesota I fell in love with wilderness here.
Over the past 11 years, I’ve focused my creative energy on using the wild fur that I trap and the raw materials from the boreal forest to create beautiful and useful things, like furry winter garments and knives. The strong Scandinavian heritage in Minnesota has really resonated with me, and I’ve gravitated towards becoming a puukko knife maker, or puukkoseppä.