Written by Charles Schmid I worked as a boy on ranches around Missoula Montana. We lived in a 40x40 hand hewn log cabin. With an axe and hand drill we made things to work with, live with, and repair with. Over the years I expanded on that and married an artist in her own right. So especially for the last 5 years Barbara and I have been making very artful rustic furniture. Our wood comes from tree trimmers, customers and brush piles along the road. Mainly our work is commissioned, and the "Studio-Tours" show for the 1st and 2nd weekends of October finds us at our shop answering questions, from 10 to 5 each day, and showing what people tell us is the most unique furniture they've ever seen. Barbara makes about a third of the furniture, applying her own style and techniques.
These pictures were taken by a good friend of mine, Jeff Toff an attorney who used to practice in Nevada County. He is now retired and lives in San Diego. Jeff is an active hiker and he takes his champion Irish Wolfhound with him were ever he goes. Logan was given to Jeff after his first dog Brendan died due to drinking anti-freeze. Logan did indeed retire as champion show dog and it's former owner was very taken by the deep care that Jeff gave to his former Wolfhound. Jeff tried to keep his former dog Brendan alive with deep devotion for his dog's care. For over a year Jeff would take Brendan to UC Davis every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for dialysis treatment to try and keep his dog alive. Sadly, after over a year, Brendan didn't make it.
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This beautiful 1940 Ford Rat Rod pickup is owned by Marty Souter of Grass Valley. Marty is a member of the Rodents Club of Grass Valley. Marty is a coca cola collector and has an extensive collection of old coca coca memorabilia in his home. Marty moved up from Orange County two years ago and retired from automotive parts business. Quite often, you can find him in the morning at the Brunswick Flour Garden hanging out with his friends from the Rodents Club.