Tom retired in 2010 after more than 35 years of service in the Army and Civil Service. His interest in metal came in 2013 after taking a silversmithing class. He then discovered chasing and repouss in 2014 at William Holland with Tom and Kay Benham. He subsequently studied under internationally acclaimed masters Valentin Yotkov and Fabrizio Acqua-fresca. His pieces have won in competition at local and national level. He is active in the Central Kentucky Art Guild, and was named Artist of the Year for 2017. His specialty is bespoke pendants and has had his pieces showcased in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.