I grew up in rural Northeastern Oregon, and from an early age I took a strong interest in all things mechanical. When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was “a Robot.” Unfortunately, even with years of practice, I never did become successful as a robot. However, all was not lost, as I did manage to learn a great deal about how things work. I spent most of my childhood making machines out of Legos, and taking apart machines other people made to see how they worked. I also had a strong interest in both skeletons and insects, as they are extremely mechanical, nature’s own robots.
My dad being a professional sculptor in both bronze and wood meant that I had access to a wealth of knowledge about tools and techniques for making things, as well as an abundance of tools and materials to experiment with. As I grew older I became familiar with a larger assortment of tools, and the machines I made became more complex, as did my messes, which did not always make me popular.
I attended Southern Oregon University, where I studied Physics and Engineering. I eventually came to the conclusion that the kind of work I would end up doing as a physicist or engineer was not the kind of work that I really wanted to do. I left school for an opportunity to build custom jet boats for a small custom boat shop. After I felt I had learned about as much as I could there, I moved to Elko, Nevada, and eventually got a job fabricating and doing mechanic work for a mining contractor. There I was given opportunities to work on a number of interesting research and development projects. After two years in the mining industry, I decided it was time to put my skills to use making the kinds of things I wanted to make, and so I began my career as a self-employed Gadgetologist/Gizmologist. These may not be real words, but I feel they describe a person who builds gadgets and gizmos quite well.
I settled on steel as my material of choice due to it’s strength and versatility, as well as the large variety of everyday steel objects that can be bent, forged, added to, or removed from to form an object which suits a given purpose. My work, consequently, is generally a blend of parts I have found and altered and parts that I have fabricated from scratch. These parts combine to form the mechanically styled furniture, sculpures, etc. that are my gadgets and gizmos. I may never become the robot I always wanted to be, but in the end, nobody can deny that I was a Gizmologist.