He thesis statement for lovely bones an extraordinary man who has been able to build his life around an object and a profession he truly loves – knives. To call Gil a knife maker is almost an injustice because it does not recognize his many other talents.
Gil grew up in Wyoming, the son of a depression-era “dollar-a-day” cowboy. He began making knives part-time after his discharge from the Navy in 1956. 45 and that sparked his long and famous career as a professional knife maker. While living in Seattle, WA after his Navy discharge, Gil worked as a machinist for Boeing Aircraft and learned a lot about metals and their properties. In 1964, while living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gil started making knives full time. This was also the year Gil started making knives from the relatively new 440C steel.
Although it is the industry standard now, Gil believes he was the first custom knife maker to use 440C. In 1965 Gil moved to Manti, Utah where he made his knives for the next five years. During that period, in 1968, Gil designed all of Browning’s original line of knives. Gil later spent five years living in Alaska and he feels that just as his military and martial arts experience helped in designing fighting knives, his experience as a hunting guide helped him to design his hunting knives. Later, Gil spent about a year as the resident knife maker at Silver Dollar City in Missouri. Over the years Gil achieved fame as a premier custom knife maker and his work has been featured in, and on the covers of, national gun and knife magazines. Gil is sometimes referred to as the Johnny Appleseed of knife makers as new knife makers seem to pop up everywhere he goes.