About Matt Hendricks

Matt Hendricks

I am an entrepreneur who lives in Grand Rapids, MI. Computers have been part of my life since I was two years old. Reading is a favorite activity, and I am constantly learning new things. I tend to be a perfectionist and try to be the best at whatever I do.

In 2010 I opened The Sharpening Guy LLC and began sharpening knives, scissors, and other tools professionally. I currently specialize in knives and knife repair and restoration and am well known both on social media and by other professionals for the quality of work that I do. I also offer training for other professionals in the sharpening industry.

I have been studying dog psychology and working with dogs (both in packs and individually) since 2007. In 2014 I opened Follow The Leader Dog Training and Rehabilitation LLC. This gives West Michigan a balanced dog training solution that gets results in the real world. I am also the creator of the Dog Of Your Dreams program which is both a stand alone online curriculum and the same program that I use with my private training clients.

Hendricks Horsemanship LLC was created so I could help other people learn how to be good horseman and teach them about natural horsemanship. I want people to be safe around their horses and have a good relationship with them all while still having fun and advancing with them. I am a certified Jordan Brasser Horsemanship 4 star instructor and 3 star behaviorist. In addition to teaching individual students, I also enjoy colt starting, working with problem horses, and teaching clinics and seminars.

In 2020, I finally started Hendricks Knives after 10 years of preparation.  I now make handmade knives that have superior cutting performance and are easy for people to maintain.

I also enjoy photography and videography and am proficient in using Adobe Photoshop as well as Adobe Premier Pro. I studied at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography as well as graduating from the New York Institute of Photography’s Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have also completed workshops with Todd and Brad Reed and Gerlach Nature Photography.  I was also a board member of the Grand Rapids Camera Club for many years.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and pets as well as playing fingerstyle guitar and building websites. I am also known for making my own sandals, backpacks, and some of my own horse tack since I enjoy sewing as well as doing leather work.