I was born 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 a fairly obscure art. The specialized nature of this kind of work appealed to me. I enjoy collecting books, particularly science books.