Thanks for taking the time to look into my webpage.  My name is Michael Miller.   In the following lines, I will attempt to give you a brief  look at who I am.

         I've been interested in rocks and gems since I was about seven years old.  In the early seventies, I learned the art of gem faceting and began my career as a cutter.  I expanded my knowledge of gems through courses offered by the Gemological Institute of America, and settled into a local jewelry store to practice jewelry appraising and lapidary arts.  For the next ten years, I provided appraisals, gem identification and custom gem cutting services to my local community.  

         All of my life, I've had a desire to help people.  I was trained in special education techniques in the late 60's but didn't really do anything with the training until the 80's.  In 1985, I was presented with an opportunity to work with young people who hadn't been doing so well in life or in school - kids in trouble.  I accepted the challange and dedicated the next 17 years  to working with troubled teens.

Somewhere around 1998, I was looking through a box of magazines that had been donated to my school and found a couple of copies of BLADE Magazine.  I was extreemely impressed by the craftsmanship displayed by contemporary knife makers.  I was fascinated by modern Damascus steel, in particular.  Here was a field where a number of my talents and interests could come together to produce a single product.   I had a little "spare" time on the weekends, so I built a forge, acquired some coal and talked some of my boys into hammerin' steel with me.  I was determined to master the art of forge welding and make damascus.

          Well, two years and a new, gas-fired forge later, my skills had advanced to where I could stack and forge weld several peices of steel into a single billet, then fold it and weld it as many times as necessary to achieve the number of layers I wanted for a knife blade.  I learned a lot about steel, about forging, and about knives in those two years - and I learned that the more you learn about this  craft, the more there is to learn.

       The school closed its doors in June of  '02.  Since then, I have been making knives full time.   I enjoy the freedom of spontaneous creation - most of my knives are made that way.  Though I may have a rough idea of a size or shape when I begin a knife, the final blade is always created "in the moment".