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John “The Blind Woodsman” Furniss knows exactly where everything is in his Washougal, Washington, workshop. He also owns a T-shirt that says, “You will have to speak up. I’m blind.” Photo: Anni Furniss

Sawdust Is My Glitter

By Jeff McElroy   |   Aug 21, 2019 August 21, 2019

Editor’s note: This post discusses anxiety and suicide. In a humble workshop in Washougal, Washington, a blind craftsman holds a locally harvested log that he has made into a blank with his miter saw. He turns it in his hands to feel its shape and weight. He measures and marks,… Read More

Mike Wood is the co-founder of Su Salmon Co. and the volunteer president of the Susitna River Coalition. Photo: Travis Rummel

Net to Table: Su Salmon Co.

By Ryan Peterson   |   Mar 13, 2018 March 13, 2018

Mike Wood’s last name is a wholly appropriate coincidence of birth. He’s got a fetish for the stuff. When building his off-the-grid log home masterpiece on the banks of Alaska’s Susitna River, he’d range out into the surrounding boreal forest, select each perfect tree, hug it at the chest in… Read More

Dr. Heather Darby harvests corn by hand at Borderview Research Farm. Alburgh, Vermont. Photo: Colin McCarthy

Farmer and Agronomist: Heather Darby

By Patagonia   |   Feb 8, 2018 February 8, 2018

As the seventh generation of her family to farm the same land, working from sunup to sundown comes naturally to Heather Darby. The fourth profile in our Workwear series takes a look at the perpetual motion required to be both a research agronomist at the… Read More

Photo: Garrett Grove

Timber to Tideline: Hama Hama Oysters

By Malcolm Johnson   |   Oct 17, 2017 October 17, 2017

“For us, the tide is the boss,” says Adam James of Hama Hama Oysters, a fifth-generation, family-run shellfish farm on Washington’s Puget Sound. “In late August and September, we’ll be out there on the beach harvesting at 3 or 4 a.m., and when the sun finally comes… Read More