Bill was born in Bremerton Washington and moved to Kodiak Alaska at age 3. At age 5 he moved to Guam and in 1978 he moved to Oahu at age 26. Bill moved to Hilo 32 years ago. He studied art, jewelry making and engineering. He is a gemologist, jeweler and hand engraver. His hobbies are hiking, ukulele, woodworking and his favorite tools are the bandsaw and lathe.