A Land of Snow & Ice

Dick Proenneke, with his sled (and snowshoes).

Oct. 27, 1968: A few stars are showing. A light breeze coming up and 26°.

A day for small chores. I mixed up a batch of wood glue very thin and painted the runners on my sled. Tomorrow it will be ready to kick out the door. If I only had a pet caribou to pull it. Snow picking up – big flakes and lots of them.

“Dick’s lightweight sled is held together with 48 mortise-and-tenon joints, a few nails and his thin copper-coated electric fence wire. He put the sled to heavy use each winter, to haul firewood and occasionally meat from wildlife he found.”

This is an excerpt from “The Handcrafted Life of Dick Proenneke” by Monroe Robinson, which we are happily and fully immersed in right now. The italic portion is from Dick’s journals. The quoted portion is commentary from Monroe. — Kara Gebhart Uhl

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9 Responses to A Land of Snow & Ice

  1. Rachael Boyd says:

    I have watched the documentary 3 or more times. love the way he makes just about everything he needs.


  2. Jason M says:

    Is there a release date set for this book?


  3. jbakerrower says:

    The date on the picture prompted me to see what I was doing then. The day before, the 26th, I was wounded for the first time by a mortar attack at FSB Julie. I was medivaced out, treated overnight, and returned to duty the day his picture was taken. Helicopter couldn’t get to Julie because of the ongoing attack, though, so I was dropped off at nearby FSB Rita, which was attacked that night. I had celebrated my nineteenth birthday two months prior.

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