Alaskan Rugged Elegance
My wife Lori and I moved to Alaska in 2015 with the hope of creating a lifestyle off grid, without bills and the drama of the busy city life. I was a helicopter engine mechanic, a 10 year army veteran and just finished a contract overseas. Lori was a CNA and stayed with me overseas during the last part of my contract. Our 4 children moved out, and we no longer needed a 3000 sqft house. We purchased land in Alaska, built a 20'x24' cabin 1 mile into the woods and successfully setup our homestead.
One night after throwing a log in the fire on a -40 degree day, Lori asked about something she seen, a wood ring. I contemplated briefly and said, "I could do that, I think". The next morning I was outside with the chainsaw cutting firewood, that quickly turned into looking for pieces of wood that would make good rings.... And Rob's Alaskan Woodcraft was born.
-Rob Van Sleet
Rob's Alaskan Woodcraft