In 1991, I moved to Yellowknife to work in the camps across the north as an Industrial Chef; at the same time, I met my wife, Lisa Look. We traveled across Canda together, finally marrying in Kimberly BC in 1994. A few months later, we settled in Yellowknife permanently. In 1995, we had our son Alexander and three years later, we had out daughter Randi.
Meanwhile, I became very sick with a life-threatening disease, finally having surgery in Winnipeg, and then returning to Yellowknife. Not being able to work any longer, and having lots of time on my hands, I started carving as a hobby. Many of the galleries started selling my work, so I took up the hobby full-time.