I am only able to do what I do because of great mentorship throughout my life and career. I came from a family of carpenters with can-do attitudes. My college buddy/boating partner Tim Cooper and I bought a falling-down tenement in Flagstaff in 1976 and taught ourselves most every trade needed to bring it back to life on a budget of pretty much nothing.
Tim later taught me much about dory construction and repair, as he was the lead boat fixer at Grand Canyon Dories where we both rowed and crashed dories in the 1970s and ‘80s.
My girlfriend for many years Carol Fritzinger and I began building a house here in Flagstaff in 1983, teaching ourselves and each other the requisite skills as we went along. The Pole House, as it came to be known locally, was eventually finished with tremendous help from the entire boating community. It takes a mighty enticing adventure to get me to leave home.
My great friend Dan Dierker has aided and abetted my construction and boatbuilding follies for more than forty years. Without his assistance much of what “I” have done would never have been possible.