Mountain Man

Bill Wetmore

Miami, United States

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This is our friend Joe Graves looking over a hunting knife that he made by hand from a horse rasp and a Mule Deer horn. The horse rasp was given to him by a member of the nearby Taos Pueblo as scrap— Joe thought it still had some use left in it.

Joe’s sitting on the front porch of his workshop and house in Taos, New Mexico, USA- a house that he also built by hand over decades of patient labor, made entirely from local woods and materials. I caught Joe in the middle of creating wooden statues in his wood shop just prior to this picture.

Joe’s family goes back several generations in the Taos, New Mexico area; you can see his family name associated with man-made water catchments called “tanks” (depressions in the ground near arroyos) on maps of the region. Joe is a successful water douser, and an incredible woodwork craftsman. He creates amazing tables and chairs from wood collected throughout the region.

HDR from three hand-held auto-bracketed shots +/-2ev using a Canon 5D MK II with a Tamron AF 28-300VC lens @35mm, ISO400 f/8 with no flash.

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