Throughout the years when I was making knives, I continued to work as a photographer, and the two fields captivated me. Then, in 2005 I began to develop serious allergy problems with the dust that was a byproduct of my knifemaking. This issue emerged with all types of dust, but particularly with the small particles of mother of pearl, fossil ivory, stag, and wood. I always worked with a mask and vacuum system, but the equipment was cumbersome, and I felt like an astronaut playing with steel. It was uncomfortable and took a great deal of the pleasure away from the creative process.
I decided to devote all of my creative energy to photography, but with an enhanced focus. I thought, "I am a photographer and knifemaker. I can combine my 20 years of experience in the two fields." So, the next chapter of my professional life, dedicated to the photography of knives, began.