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My first years in jewelry were spent as a custom jewelry designer. I spent most of my time designing and building one-of-a-kind pieces for individuals, but my personal interest was in Japanese art metalwork, especially the art of the sword. Thirty years ago, ancient Japanese swordmaking techniques were unknown in the United States.

I had the good fortune to get a job at Kar Kraft, a small firm in Detroit that designed and built some of the most famous racing cars of the era. As a diversion, I took an evening course in jewelry, and my diversion soon became my passion. I sold my racing car to finance tools and time and began my life as a jewelry designer.Visit Designer's Web Site