Last Friday, we took a field trip to Occidental to visit a master woodworker. Barton now divides his time between woodworking and practicing Buddhism.
He is a Buddhist priest who hosts retreats in his sanctuary garden. The property is a combination food forest, redwood grove, blackberry maze, and retreat center. The food forest is ablaze with color - nasturtiums, dahlias, poppies, lettuce, flowering vines, chard, sunflowers and more. His philosophy of not fighting anything [pests, weeds, etc] is working wonderfully.
He also took a moment to weigh in on how we can use the old growth redwood on our water tank. The pictures of the structures he built [Larry Ellison's compound] are inspiring!