Well, it seems there are no end to surprises. We were set to leave for Wyoming tomorrow. Then last week I got a phone call from a ranch owner. He needed a cow-boss. After 4 sessions of visiting we concluded last night. This morning I canceled the Wyoming job. It was only for three months and this job is full time. We had hoped that we would get some orders during the local rodeo. That didn’t happen. The price of fuel is too high and people just don’t have the money to spend. Other Lumber Jocks have told me that the same is happening to them. While I regret the demise of Owyhee Design, I had a lot of fun and built some nice things. The best part is that I got to meet a lot of great Lumber Jocks. I’m working on the last project for both shops now and will be finished today. I’ll photograph it and post it soon.
The new job is forty miles south of Jordan valley. The ranch is in Oregon and Idaho and covers somewhere between 60 and 100,000 acres of range land. There are lots of Juniper trees and several lakes in the area. We will live up there from March 15th to November 15th and be in our own house here for the winter. The ranch has it’s hay ground and feed lots just west of Jordan Valley. If you get on a topo map look for the Three Forks of the Owyhee river. The ranch runs south and east from that point. Some of the maps mark the headquarters, Circle Bar Ranch. Some might think this is a giant step backwards but to me it is more like going home. When the generator shuts down at night it is so quiet that you know you are alone and you can see a million stars. Juniper is a great smell both as trees and smoke from a wood stove. If you’re out our way, stop by. The latch string is out and the coffee is hot. Carleen sets a dandy table and you’re welcome to spend the night. I forgot to mention, there’s no computer up there. I’ll check in once in a while when I’m down here. Good luck, boys and have a great summer. I know I will.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon