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Old 03-31-2011, 03:51 PM
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I finally caught the documentary on pbs. It sure takes a certain breed of man to live like that. He was quite a wood craftsman. Def watch it if you have never seen it.

Perry, do you have his book?
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I have his book, Dick Proenneke is his name. The book is called 'One Man's Wilderness'. The guy was a heavy diesel mechanic in Alaska and basically one day just decided to homestead. He was 50 when he started the cabin at Twin Lakes. If you want to read it we can meet up at lunch tomorrow.

FWIW, a related thread: http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=11450
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I saw it for the first time last year. pretty cool. Made me want to go try to build a cabin with an axe and a crosscut saw.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:18 PM
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Yep, a great film. One tough hombre. And I think he was ~50 when he built the cabin? And his craftsmanship is pretty wild. "I think I'll build a door".
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It takes a special type of person do do what he did. It would be fun for a while. I don't know if I could do it as long as he did, but I like the idea.
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Pretty amazing, that Dick. His book was a good read (compilation of journals). I guess there's a second book that goes further into detail that my dad has read and has recommended to me; haven't gotten to that one yet.
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I own the DVD. Family friends of mine met him in AK and corresponded with him for a few years before he passed. I will be happy to lend out the DVD. I watch it a few times a year - it never gets old. Makes me want to go out and live in the woods. Word is that he disliked all the male park rangers that they would send by, being very partial to the ladies.
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Great documentary. Been while since I've seen it.
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I own the DVD. Family friends of mine met him in AK and corresponded with him for a few years before he passed. I will be happy to lend out the DVD. I watch it a few times a year - it never gets old. Makes me want to go out and live in the woods. Word is that he disliked all the male park rangers that they would send by, being very partial to the ladies.
I'd love to borrow it for a weekend if I could. My folks have it and we watched it one Thanksgiving. Everyone was riveted.
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Yea, that dudes is cool. He's livin' the life.
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