At the early age of 15 Charles Johnson began his apprenticeship in lapidary and silversmith work, under the tutorage of his parents, His mother was a fifth generation jeweler and his father a second. As Mr Johnson continued to learn his art, his skills developed to where at the age of 20 he was a full time silversmith. Then, while continuing his silverwork, he tried his hand at lapidary work. Although he began in the practice of traditional Navajo jewelry making, he eventually honed his creations, changing to a much more contemporary style. Mr Johnson then began to create a more "Western style" comprised of uniquely designed Petroglyphv (Anasazi drawings) work, on bracelets and belt buckles, which now comprise the majority of his work.