I started playing in the prop world in 2010 by getting interested in building a stormtrooper costume. This led me down the rabbit hole, and I have not resurfaced yet!
In 2012, I decided I needed to start producing my own props and I began with molding and casting an original Trilogy stormtrooper blaster (E11). Playing with silicone and resin was really amazing, to create something from nothing.
As I started looking around for new ways to expand my craft, I decided to create helmets from slush and roto-casting polyurethane resin as a great new path to take. The re-emergence of Star Wars in the form of Episode 7 and Rogue One gave me a perfect opportunity to be on the front line of the new stormtrooper helmets.
As more details came from Episode 7, the primary villain being Kylo Ren and his very unique new lightsaber, a new thought began to worm it's way into my head. With the contacts I had made in manufacturing over the years, I began the process of learning about CNC manufacturing of lightsabers.
My first lightsaber was born, the Kylo Ren CNC V1. It was a massive hit and a great experience for me. As more details came from the film post release I decided to advance my V1 to a V2 utilizing more accurate measurements and many more details than before.
After these two saber hits, I began to look for rare and hard lightsaber designs that most other sabersmiths weren't willing to attempt and designs I felt just hadn't been done real justice.
My main goal in making sabers is to stay as true to the original theatrical design, as much possible, and coming up with new ways to accommodate end user modifications, electronics and the finished look of the saber.