Doc Martin learned lapidary, silver and goldsmithing, stone setting and lost wax casting in the 1970’s. He wrote how-to-do-it photo illustrated articles for several years for Rock & Gem Magazine. He won the prestigious Craftsman of the Month Award NINE times… the only person to win it more than twice. Being a lifelong hobbyist, he has many interests and skills. Wood carving/sculpture, wood working, gold and silver smithing, lost wax casting, stained glass, photography, motorcycling, sports cars, firearms, competitive shooting (especially Cowboy Action Shooting), muzzle loading, muzzle loading rifle building, cooking, radio controlled airplanes & helicopters, and many other interests.
He is a Doctor of Chiropractic being a 1987 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. He also owns a grain farm he currently rents to another farmer.
He is a Freemason and Past Master of Acacia Lodge No.4, A.F.&A.M., Past Venerable Master of the Scottish Rite Valley of Grand Forks – Orient of North Dakota, 33Â°, and a member of the Kem Shriners Ritual Divan.
Doc has been studying hand engraving for many years and more recently has been hand engraving for a few years. He recently purchased all of the gem faceting equipment from his uncle’s estate. So, hopefully he will have many years ahead of him as he still has a few things to check off his Bucket List.