|Review by jjw5858||posted 03-24-2012 10:01 PM||3458 views||2 times favorited||28 comments|
If not for the viewing of this very interesting documentary woodworking may have never gotten into my blood as strong as it has. This documentary is many things in one, part nature hike, part meditation, part woodworking…..and in all parts a wonderful journey of a man that decided to live his life his own way.
Richard Louis “Dick” Proenneke (born May 4, 1916 – April 20, 2003) was a retired highly skilled mechanic living in Alaska that took his modest nest egg and decided to make his permant home in Twin Lakes Alaska living in his self built log cabin.
The documentary shows us the entire building of his log home, his amazing woodworking and mechanical skills, and his adventures of survival from morning to night.
His love for the land and lifestyle were so strong he would only visit his family on ocassion in the lower 48, and he lived that lifestyle for over 30 years from his 50’s to his early 80’s.
The skills here…are simply inspiring….country woodwork 101….lol. He makes everything he needs to survive..and does all of this with great skill and super strength. His work was not casual, it consisted of 12 hour days…and then off to catch his dinner…..wow.
The film is narrated by Bob Swerer who’s voice adds a great touch to the whole project….I still continure to think it is Dick Proenoke’s voice….since Bob is reading Dick’s diary of the day to day activities as this film moves along.
Proenoke simply was “blogging” by todays lingo his ideas by writing and recording his experiences on film….he was a man of many talents and ideas.
The only portion of the dvd that sticks out poorly in it’s production are a few stock video moments of the land and its animals. Only a few quick moments that look like they were shot with video just yesterday and may provoke the viewer a short chuckle to the abrubt contrast of the overall style of the film.
Overall I highly recommend everyone from woodworker to nature lover to take 60 minutes and watch this film.
I think it’s great medicine for the soul and also some great lessons to be learned for us all.
Make something with the tools you have…...the best advice I ever got from watching this man. Thank you Dick Proenneke I have been changed for the better by his work. Not long after watching this film a fascination and ability I had never kown that lied within me became real and I found a love of wood work.
I am also happy to have read that a Part 2 has been released! I have yet to see it but from the Amazon reviews it also seems to be very good. There is also a book from the first DVD as well…I have heard that is also very enjoyable.
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I hope someone else enjoys this important film.
Be well friends and take a moment to enjoy being.
-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW