The Fireplace

August 17th, 2013


Remember the fireplace I built 8 years ago?  Well, we’ve burned our winter fires with a hanging chain screen and our precious “Searsistan” rug was burnt up–actually it melted since it was largely plastic.  It’s time to add glass doors and move the chain back a few inches but still keeping the CCC look to it all.


First stop is our local welder, Peter.  He moves things around and next I fit the glass into the steel frame which has been reinstalled into the masonry.  Here are the results:


Keeping a climbing theme, I’ve fabricated hinges made of pitons–this a Chouinard 3/4″ angle (used many times).  The carabiner on the left pulls the chain fence aside–but one must have skills to anchor the nut into a rock crevice.


This is the door lock–three Lost Arrows.


The final installation–with hand made wrought iron tongs.


Our Chilkat rug next to the Tulikivi heater–these rugs are patterned from traditional Chilkat blanket designs and woven from real wool in Nepal–a cottage industry with money going back to these villages.  It has sort of a Thangboche look to it.  It’s nearly an inch thick and will definitely keep your toes warm on a cold winter night.


Two additional rugs are now in place; the Tlingit frog pattern and a Yup’ik design in front of the fireplace.


More climbing stuff……ah, what a wonderful life……


And here is a glimpse of Martina’s desk let into the fireplace: baleen/ivory drawer panel and another Tlingit mask.  It all fits together.   I’m now working on an outdoor kitchen–log and stone.  Stay tuned….


Polar Bound

July 27th, 2013

Polar Bound

Meet the Polar Bound.  She wintered over in Petersburg while owner David Cowper returned to Scotland.  This boat is incredible–fabricated with three layers of skin, frames, stringers fully welded aluminum and tested in both Antarctica and the Arctic–six transits through the NW Passage.  To read more about David, check out his wiki history here.


Of course, we meet up with David and his companion Jane and the next thing you know there is a grand dinner at Totland.  This is what happens when people come over to Totland–our beach fills up with boats and our porch fills up with boots……


What a feast–both gastronomic and intellectual. Jane plays wonderful piano and we share the Chopin Gm Ballade.   Besides the table of wild catch & garden delights, we are rich with friends and visitors including a French couch-surfer, two Arctic/Antarctic explorers, three commercial fishermen,  and a wildlife biologist.

Polar Bound leaves Petersburg Alaska for the NW Passage.

KFSK Radio articles/interviews

Life doesn’t get better than this. Stay tuned….


June 28th, 2013


Time for a vacation. Four classmates from our Dental School class of 79 and I head down to the British Virgin Islands.  We’re ready to sit down over the local beverage and discuss thirty-five years of our profession……and retirement!

SV J-Pharoum

First, we rent one of these–big and roomy and idiot-proof.  But Glen is an expert sailor and I’ve a broken leg.  The doctor said lots of ice so I’m not going to disappoint!

Bay 2

Ah!  The serene evenings at anchor.  This is much preferred over beating down Chatham Straits in Alaska taking 35 knots on the nose.


Meet Dennis, Jeff, Glenn, Jim and your’s truly.  We didn’t have a bad meal either–fresh catch every night.


This is the typical view from the helm…..

Water spout


Check out this water spout.  We had two days of real sailing weather and Glen did a grand job.  And I didn’t disappoint my doctor either…..  Stay tuned.