|A little ice crusting there in the beard|
"Longtime Fairbanks mountaineer Doug Buchanan, the rabble-rousing critic of all things federal, most notably the National Park Service, died Tuesday in Montana after complications from colon cancer.
Buchanan, 64, was known for the dilapidated 1973 green Jeep he drove around Fairbanks, his bushy beard and his intense dislike for the park service, which he documented in long, passionate diatribes.
Buchanan was the founder of the Alaskan Alpine Club, which he formed in 1979 as a result of a falling out with the Alaska Alpine Club that epitomized his 38 years in Fairbanks.
"Buchanan, who earned a biology degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, never had a career job. An accomplished welder, he worked on and off as a laborer around Fairbanks and occasionally in Prudhoe Bay. He was well-known for his frugality."
|Portrait des dänischen Marineoffiziers Vitus Bering, before 1741|
|Karte der Strasse zwischen Asien und Amerika, und der Käste der Tschutschki, nach astronomischen, während der Jahre 1786-1794 im Eismeere angestellten Beobachtungen / von A. Arrowsmith|
and are ancestral to the Native American population.
This is how Doug describes his Alaskan ancestors:
Doug carved pipes in his spare time and he had the construction of smoking pipes down to an art as well!
Each pipe has a story. And Doug's account is fascinating:
"An ivory pin through the pipe stem, through a half slot in the ivory bowl base, locks the bowl in place, but allows easy removal of the bowl for cleaning."
|1754 Russian Rouble.|
"It's okay. My friend at the coin shop has recovered."
|Ivory Pipe. 1907 St. Gauden's US $20 Double Eagle.|
The Double Eagle is among the eloquent coin designs in the bleak design history of US coins.
"How I got the silver over the stem and then into the inlaid recesses, as a single piece, in defiance of the metal and ironwood, is a secret known only to me and my small sledge hammer. The ironwood inlays that go through the silver extend into the ironwood pipe, more thoroughly locking the parts in place."
"No, this thing aint for sale. I know enough to keep the evidence so I am able to deny my own stories."
|Mpingo Stars Pipe nose. Mid 1800's US One Dollar gold coin.|
"slipped into the .505 rim groove. The bowl rim is another 1881 US $10 gold coin."
"And that silver band around the middle is connected at the bottom with the shield and eagle head from the center of the bowl rim coin. Cute little arrangement."
|Bison Pipe. 1893 Russian Rouble.|
"On to my next adventure"
Bon Voyage, Doug!
|Ice vault where the next Alaska Stories are secured.|
|Inuit smoking a traditional St. Lawrence Island, Siberian Style Pipe|
May this be the first of many portraits of contemporary artists who possess your kind of talent and depth of humanity and whose voices need to be heard.
|"Eskimo Woman 'Hitting the Pipe'." Photo by F. H. Nowell of Nome.|
P.S: Doug tells us that the traditional St. Lawrence Island, Siberian Style Pipe made of lead inlay (melted bullets) in walnut (broken gun stock wood), is not made anymore for obvious reasons. One of the most recent, if not last, makers of these pipes is reported to be "Old Kulowiyi", "Father of John", manager of the Savoonga Native Store for many years, known for this style of Siberian pipes back in the 1960's and 70's.
Readers, we would love to hear from you if you can help us gather more information on Old Kulowiyi's work...