Originally from CA and moved to AK in 1995 when I made some life changing decisions and wanted them to stick. Spent most of my time, energy, and $ going into the ministry. I have a small family now. I love knives and found a way to enjoy them without drooling over the catalogues. I also have a son who I'd like to pass on some basic skills. I was glad when I started to see that knife-making entails understanding a little about a lot (wood, metal, tools, safety, etc.) and could turn out to be a good way to help him get started for anywhere he may want to work. Living in a rural place I had to be creative to think of a way to get him going on stuff and this looks like it's going to work out that way, too. Being out here I also appreciate this forum to help learning this skill. Lots of fun.