Video by Tyler McCay Patterson www.tylermccay.com
Jared began making knives in 2013 after using a sub-par blade to process a deer. The thought of crafting tools that could be used over and over again from recycled materials began to consume his thoughts and days as BootHill Blades was born. What started out as an outlet for him to relieve the stress of a career in finance, quickly grew into a passion, fueled by the friendships, good food, and community of customers and other makers. With guidance from Luke Snyder, Cris Anderson, Tom McLean, and many others, Jared began crafting custom kitchen tools, where his passion still lies.
He and his wife, Kylee, tend to a small garden with the help of their three young daughters, Isabelle, Berkley, and Remy (who love to pull up freshly planted vegetables and squish bugs).
Kylee is in charge of all things wooden at BootHill Blades. When knifemaking began to consume Jared's time, she stepped in and picked up all the small wood projects he had started, but never finished. She expanded the lineup of hand carved offerings and continues to innovate new designs to make functional and beautiful kitchenware. When she is not carving or hand-sanding, she can be found tending to the chickens or imparting her wisdom and passion for cooking to their three daughters.