I grew up as the son of a general contractor and my dad put me to work in the summer
months at the age of 12. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and making
things. Probably like most kids coming up in the 40's and 50's, I made many of my
own toys such as wooden airplanes and sling shots. I bought Waterberry $1.00
pocket watches at the five and dime store and took them apart within 2 or 3 days to
see what made them tick.
My first real interest was making furniture. Next, I was drawn to old boats. I enjoyed
stripping those old boats down inside and out and refinishing them. Then, I used them
for fishing and shrimping.
Hunting has been a pleasure all of my life, so it was natural that my interest gravitated
toward making and hunting with black powder (Kentucky flintlock rifles). A pursuit for
about 15 years. I took from 300 to 400 hours to complete a flintlock rifle. A hunting
buddy asked, me "Why don't you make a knife to go along with your rifles?"
Someone told me of a man in town that had been making knives for sometime. This
fellow was willing to get me started making knives.
When a project has reached completion, this is when I feel gratified. This feeling was coming more often when I made knives
rather than when I made rifles.
My father told me a long time ago, the most valuable thing a person has is the time that has been allotted to him by God.
Whatever anyone does, if they do not have a passion and enthusiasm for the task they are doing, they will not do well. After a
short time, I knew making knives was the work I was willing to spend a lot of my time doing. Well, now I had found my niche.
I sold my first knife in 1989 and was astonished that someone would pay $85.00 for my work. Since then, I think I have come a
long way. There is always something new to learn every day. I guess it would be boring if this were not so. There are so
many in the business that are willing to help one another, and for that I am grateful. For everyone who has purchased one of
my knives, I am thankful.
Sidney "Pete" Moon