Who Am I?
As my homepage indicates, I practice varied disciplines. But before I am anything else, I am first and foremost, a Christian. I am what is referred to as a “Conservative Evangelical.” As such, I believe in the truth and inerrancy of the scriptures. I believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I believe that salvation can be found only through Jesus Christ and His redemptive work on the cross. I believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, has ascended into heaven, and will return to earth very soon to establish His eternal kingdom. My faith in Jesus Christ permeates every aspect of my life.
I was born in Jasper, Alberta, in 1960. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, and for several years during my youth, I lived on a ranch in British Columbia, where my father was the foreman. At a very young age, thanks to a door-to-door salesman wearing a suit of armour as a marketing gimmick, I became fascinated with all things medieval, and embarked on lifetime of personal study. I hail from a family of artists; my father, grandfather, and aunt were all successful western artists. I studied at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, and then graduated from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario (cum laude) with a diploma in classical animation, and finally from Vanguard College in Edmonton (magna cum laude) with a diploma in theology.
I worked in the Military History Department of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary for eight years, specifically with their arms and armour collection. I began making armour as a hobby in 1980, and then turned my interest into a business in 1994, starting Medieval Reproductions.
In 1997, I founded the Medieval Arms Society of Calgary (MASC) as a way to live out my childhood fantasy of being a knight in armour, and in 2000, participated in a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings (on the original battlefield site) in England. I have lectured extensively on arms and armour for various institutions (Glenbow Museum, Royal Ontario Museum).