Your company or trading name
Tell us about where you’re from, what you do, how it all started and why you enjoy it.
I’m located in Orange County, California. I’ve lived here all my life. I’ve traveled a bit, but always lived pretty close to where I grew up. I’ve always been pretty mechanical and enjoyed taking things apart or building them. In high school, I got pretty heavy into cars. My first car I purchased myself was a 1990 Mustang GT 5.0.
A few weeks after I had it, the water pump started to leak. I got a quote to fix it and it was something crazy at the time, like $200. Found out the pump and all the stuff I needed at Pep Boys was under $20. So that started my deep dive journey into more mods and horsepower. I ended up buying and selling and fixing up cars, all 5.0 Mustangs. Built engines, super chargers, nitrous, etc.
My weekends and free time were pretty much spent working on my car or my friends cars. That rolled into teaching myself how to weld and then a few years ago machining. I really wish I would have been exposed to machining a bit earlier. It could have changed my whole career trajectory.
There’s just something so satisfying about making something from nothing. Creating something, or better yet, creating something people want to give you money for, is very fulfilling. I really enjoy working with people who a lot of times don’t understand machining, solving problems and getting parts made that they love. I’ve built a lot of awesome relationships and made good friends in the last couple years. I do a lot of job shop work, as well as work for some designers. I really pride myself in making pieces as best as I can with excellent finishes.
What are your aims and are there any items or products you’d love to make?
My next big goal is to purchase a new cnc mill. I currently do everything on my Fadal 3016. I’ve been looking and pricing out Brother Speedios. I just think it’s a great machine with good support that really fits the majority of pieces and parts that I make.
I think a lot of what drives me is not knowing what I’d love to make. It’s that sort of endless search for ideas and new things and techniques. Projects drive other projects, collaborations and new or different customers or ideas really drive new ideas.
One of these days I’d like to make a knife for myself. I’m not sure I’d even sell them, I just want to test myself.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in the work you do associated with EDC?
I think the greatest achievement that I have in the EDC world is my wallet the Bux Box. I have a lot of time into it. It really is and was my first baby and what drove me down the rabbit hole.
I made the first ‘prototype’ on a manual mill just because it was something I wanted. It was terrible. It also taught me the beginnings of cad/cam and cnc. I was so intimidated, I’m sure like a lot of people, but it just opened the doors and has really become a big piece of who I am.
I launched a Kickstarter for them and that really gave me good feedback. It’s a huge benchmark to me and reminds me of something I originally paid to have made and now make myself. Which reminds me, I need to make more.
What is the best thing you have made and why?
I made a few Zirc Bux Boxes. I just really like the result and it makes you sweat a little when you’re working on a piece of zirc that size.
What EDC gear is in your pockets right now?
I carry a titanium Bux Box, a titanium KeyBar and a ZT0566BW knife. I usually have a few flashlights in my car along my my Zodiac Engineering Scout fixed blade.
What’s the favourite piece of EDC gear that you own?
Besides my own stuff, I have a slingshot from Ken – Zodiac Engineering. It’s just simple and fun. I always take it camping and it’s something I can share with my kids. I think it’s because it represents a lot for me. Supporting local and US made small makers, a friend of mine and something I can share with my kid that they get excited about.
What EDC item would you love to own and why?
I 100% need a knife from Jim at HMC Knives. We met a few years ago and have kept in touch ever since. I love his designs and literally every knife he makes is something I would make myself. He’s also a great dude, father, machinist and friend. One of those guys I wish I lived closer to.
A random fact about yourself that readers won’t learn anywhere else
Well, this was posted on my account, but I broke my neck in February riding my mountain bike. So that’s a fun fact but wasn’t super fun. I don’t mention it hardly at all, but I work HazMat for a fire department as my ‘regular’ job. I also have a degree in Chemistry.