I was born and raised in Toronto. I left school early to go to work. Over the years, I tried my hand at various things including wild animal control, plastics fabrication, metal fabrication, machining, and welding. I fell into bows by chance, after deciding to fix up an old violin. I rehaired the two bows that were in the case, but decided to make one of my own imagination. I then discovered that bowmaking is an obscure art and very few books dedicated to this art have ever been written. The specialized nature of this kind of work appealed to me. I enjoy collecting books, particularly science books. My fundamental philosophy is that one should have empathy for all creatures and endeavour to make the world a more peaceful place.