George’s history started upon graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1973, after which he taught art and leatherwork together for a few years. This led into full-time leatherwork and a retail shop. This is where his interest in knifemaking began. In the late 70’s, a friend, Paul Kenyon, would bring in Howard Viele knives for him to make various leather projects with. The elegance in these knives set his standards for knifemaking to this day.
For many years to follow, he enjoyed knifemaking part-time, working full-time in leather and later in jewelry prototype work. It wasn’t until late 1995, when his good friend John DaConceicao taught him how to make his first folding knife with the famous “New England Flair”. Shortly there after, he became friends with other New England folding knifemakers like Ralph Selvidio, Bill McHenry, Jason Williams, and Jim Turcek, all of whom invited him to their shops to share important information with him to make a better knife.