Del started his life as a craftsman in the early 1970s in an apprenticeship with a skillful old wood turner in Oregon. These skills happily consumed his next 18 years and eventually had him teaching in many countries. In the early 1990s, Del spent two years doing traditional log building in Wisconsin and spent a life-changing winter in northern Sweden training with spoon carver Ville Sundqvist. This led to his current occupation, Scandinavian knife making. Del encountered fan birds in Sweden and Russia in the early 1990s; it took a number of years to teach himself and refine this wonderful craft. Visit www.pinewoodforge.com.