Like many makers Chris is a self taught. However he will openly credit the many amazing mentors he has encountered during his journey. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Chris has a deep connection with the outdoors and many of his creations are inspired by nature.
Chris started at an early age (10-12 years old) in woodworking, mostly carving Ozark style figurines and animals. Later, he ventured into more construction related projects like furniture and residential and shop construction.
In 2016 Chris started Lion Punch Forge as a hobby after he, his brother, and father bought a coal fired blacksmith shop. Eventually learning to weld, do basic fabrication and light machine work to make his own replacement parts. Eventually Chris wanted to make his knives more intricate and started teaching himself goldsmithing and metal forming.
Making jewelry allowed Chris to rediscover his love for geology. He quickly picked up lapidary arts such as faceting gemstones, slabbing and making cabochons. Most of the year Chris can be found treasure hunting for his own gemstone and lapidary rough.
Now retired from 20 years of public safety, Chris is self employed running Lion Punch Forge Full-time. Chris’s experience as an instructor in Public Safety has transcended into the world of making. Making Youtube videos, Instagram posts and hanging out in Facebook groups Chris openly shares information and provides assistance to anyone who asks. When asked what he thinks is the most important aspect of a business is he will quickly answer, “people.”
Chris is inspired by the metalsmith and maker communities and values he fundamental skills. Believing that it is through the mastery of basic skills that one achieves the level up. Chris take this into account when designing tools.
While designing the Lion Punch Forge line of tools it’s important to him to evaluate the fundamentals, simplistic design and creates them with a unique bespoke and heirloom quality.