I’m an entrepreneur, historical ironwork restoration blacksmith and lecturer with a lifelong passion for historical weapons and their use. I discovered and began practising fencing in the late 1980’s and focused exclusively on historical fencing from 1994.
I grew up in Washington DC, studied film in Paris, and learned metal smithing and forge work in both the United States and France. I have founded and run businesses in the USA, France and the Middle East.
Since 2009 I have been living, working and smithing in the Auvergne region of central France.
I am currently CEO and the Head of Research and Product Development for Black Armoury SAS, an international company specialised in designing, producing and distributing equipment and weapons for the Historical Martial Arts, which I cofounded in 2015.
Today, Black Armoury is a globally recognised brand in the Historical European Martial Arts community, not only for our complete catalogue and innovative equipment designs, but also for our passionate support for the development of HEMA and Historical Combat, in France and world-wide – official partnerships with the French HEMA Federation (FFAMHE) and French Canne Commission (CNCCB), patronage of independent researchers and sponsorship of the HEMA events internationally.
In parallel to my responsibilities at Black Armoury, I continue to research how historical weapons were made and used, to practice Historical European Martial Arts and to work at the forge.