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Location: Washington, DC
Grandson of goldminer in Cripple Creek who immigrated from Kiev, crossing Siberia to Alaska and down to Cripple Creek, CO. Grew up in CO and learned to love mountains (and trees!) at Colorado Outward Bound School. Went East to Yale and Cornell Business School. Worked for Mitt Romney's Dad in Govn. and McKinsey & Company and then officer at Fannie Mae before deciding to quit to return to mountain climb and work on my own as strategy consultant. Climbed highest mountains in Africa, Europe, Antarctic and Asia (yes, Everest! with injury preventing last few thousand feet). More climbs domestically and in South America. December 2014, began assembling wood working tools for my "newbie" existence as LUMBERJOCK and converted English Conservatory on my property with my gym from mountain climbing days into combo gym and workshop (see video link below with music soundtrack) including documented saga of rescue of structure from attack by tens of thousands of carpenter ants that required rebuilding with conversion from aluminum to copper gutters and wood to PVC for fascia boards and replacement of several wood support beams. Later built 50 foot section of fence about 10 ft high of tongue & groove western red cedar and a year later added another 40 foot section. Smaller projects included pair of bridge TV tables of African paduka wood.
-- Gary, Washington, DC
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My custom-made western red cedar fence is done and so is the kitchen rehab, including cherry cabinets and a matching cherry ladder system I designed and purchased from an old-line rolling ladder maker in NYC for reaching the tallest cabinet...