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Last Summer I had the pleasure of working on a project in my old shop, Espenet Studios, with my old shopmate, Arthur Espenet Carpenter III in Bolinas, CA. That is right; his name is Art Carpenter. He goes by Tripp. Tripp’s father, also named Art Carpenter, founded the Baulines Craft Guild which is the organization that enabled me to train as a traditional woodworking apprentice. (I’ll talk more about my teacher, Michael Cullen, and my apprenticeship in a later blog.) Stick with me here… We are going to my old shop located along the Bolinas Lagoon which is 7 miles as the crow flies north of the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of June 2014.
It is more magical than it sounds. The Lagoon is actually a bird sanctuary where hundreds of thousands of birds migrate through every year and seals sunbathe daily. You have to travel over or around a mountain (Mt. Tamalpais) and past a Coastal Redwood forest to get here. There is surfing. There is crab season. This place is located about an hour away from some of the best vineyards in the world. Alice Waters goes out to this town to buy produce because it is the best, and the farm stand is the only 24 hour store around. The Pt. Reyes National Sea Shore butts up to the town’s beach.
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