Partially raised on a farm in upstate New York, my roots are deeply connected with nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "In the wilderness we return to reason and faith." A cabin in the woods is one of America's most cherished icons. It had long been my dream to design and build one of my own. In 1989, that dream became a reality when I bought an old, rundown cabin in California's Los Padres Forest and tore it to the ground, leaving just the stone fireplace standing. To construct what I had envisioned took me ten years, doing most of the work myself, largely from repurposed materials. A few years after completion, Cabin Life Magazine asked if I'd agree to let them write a story on my place that would appear in their monthly publication, as well as a book. I accepted their request providing I was allowed to shoot the images. When I'm not on the road, it's where I spend most of my free time.