With a passion for antique arms and armor, “ I made a thorough nuisance of myself to the local gunsmith who, in turn, taught me most of the basics of the trade.” This lead to a position with arguably the best gun maker in the world, James Purdey and Sons. Nicholas duties included working in the barrel shop, action shop, and inspection shop. Moreover he spent the majority of his career with Purdey’s in the stocking shop checkering and finishing stocks. It was only upon immigration to Canada, eventually the USA, that Nicholas left Purdey’s to build a new life with his wife and three children. Since arriving in the USA in 1997, Nicholas has been self-employed with a few notable exceptions. These include, workshop manager at Ithaca Classic Doubles, stock maker for John Rigby, establishing Bass Pro Shops fine gun room and workshop, co-owner of Elephant and Castle, and now opening a gunsmithing shop in Springfield Missouri.
In recent years, Nicholas has been asked by numerous people to impart some of his knowledge to a new generation of gunsmiths. People continually are amazed at the skills and secrets he has mastered in the gunsmithing trade that make his work an art form. Many of these skills are not found in today’s teaching institutions and Nicholas feels that, unless handed down, they will be lost. Whereupon , he has looked toward a new venture via fine checkering/refinishing clinics to teach the art of working on fine guns.