By Peter Forbes
A tale of friendship, encouragement, and the search to layout a greater world
A guy aside is the story—part kinfolk memoir and half biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow's longtime friendship with invoice Coperthwaite (A hand-crafted Life), whose strange existence and fierce beliefs helped them research and comprehend their own.
Coperthwaite encouraged many through residing on the subject of nature and towards modern society, and used to be usually in comparison to Henry David Thoreau. very like Helen and Scott Nearing, who have been his buddies and mentors, Coperthwaite led a 55-year-long "experiment in dwelling" on a distant stretch of Maine coast. There he created a abode of wood, multistoried yurts, a sort of structure for which he used to be identified worldwide. Coperthwaite additionally embodied a philosophy that he referred to as "democratic living," which used to be approximately empowering each person to have company over their lives so that it will create a greater neighborhood.
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A strong tailwind pushed us along in surges, our six paddles in sync, no sound but the water breaking and splashing. I sensed more than saw that Dan and Taz, the two men who came closest to being Bill’s sons, were standing now as they paddled the stern behind me, as Bill had always done. They stroked the water with Bill’s long handmade paddles, eyes looking into the distance, like raftsmen guiding a riverboat. My breath caught in my throat. This picture of us paddling Bill home in the middle of the tidal pond was taken by Kenneth from high atop a spruce tree.
Peace! To be rocked by the Infinite! As if it didn’t matter which way was home; as if he didn’t know he loved the earth so much he wanted to stay forever. —Stanley Kunitz Early dawn in summer, bow pointed west across the pond to the tide rip and our homestead. Contents Contents Preface 1. The Last Journey 2. Sail and Anchor 3. Like a Landscape 4. Thirst 5. Dawn 6. Finding an Elder 7. Know Your Own Bone 8. Finding Nonviolence 9. Rain Clouds 10. Finding Oneself 11. Coming to Rest 12. A Handmade Death 13.
Bill’s home and nearly everything in it was intricately handmade and born out of one man’s unique imagination and genius. The detail was almost inconceivable. To step over his threshold was to be given a glimpse of a very particular soul, a soul I came to love as much as the place itself, for they were one and the same. That seamless joining of person and place, of imagination and manifestation, ignited me; it emboldened me to have with Peter many conversations about how one should live, and it invited me to move differently through the world from then on, with more attention, more attuned to the design of my own life and to the landscape of home he and I were still then seeking to find.
A Man Apart. Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living by Peter Forbes