Dennis grew up in the Santa Ynez valley. San Luis Obispo is to the North, Ventura to the South and Santa Barbara is in the middle. This is the home to many Vaqueros and Californios, deeply rooted in the Spanish style traditions. Many bit makers have come from this area in California such as G.S. Garcia, Mardueno and Juan Flores. Dennis is proud to be from a valley where such amazing artists have produced traditional Vaquero pieces that are now highly sought after.
Dennis, a cowboy by trade, modified his first bit while cowboying in 1975. Dennis spent a few decades working on his now trade and perfected his passion when he worked exclusively with Chuck Erwin in 2009. Chuck spent many years teaching and grooming Dennis to become the maker he is today.