To see a presentation on Don's story, click on the photo below. Thanks
to David Kilkenney for the professional job!
Don Cowles is an award-winning full-time
knifemaker. Born in California, he has lived in Washington State,
Oklahoma, Illinois, Massachusetts, Venezuela, New Jersey, New York,
and currently resides in Royal Oak, Michigan.
He made his first knife in 1963, and a number of knives in the following
decades. In 1995, he bought a Burr King belt grinder, and has never
looked back. In the last decade,
he has devoted much time to the craft of making cutlery of his own
design, focusing primarily on smaller straight knives as elegant alternatives
to folding knives. He is a member of the Miniature Knifemakers
Society, and the American Knife and Tool Institute, contributes
as a moderator to online
knife discussion forums, and writes the occasional article for
Don is an avid fly fisherman, an accomplished
singer and guitarist, and is active in his church. He loves to talk
knives, and share the experience and knowledge that was so generously
shared with him by others. Ernie is his erstwhile shop cat, a good
listener and sometime apprentice.