You’re about to watch one of the most moving portraits we ever posted on Full Insight.
Meet Jack English, a 93-year-old widower who lives in the middle of Pine Valley, Ventana Wilderness, California, in a cabin he built 36 years ago.
While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead was put up for auction by the estate of a childless heiress. He put a bid on the property and won. On the land he built a small cabin using materials from the land and milling trees by hand. When his wife passed away, Jack effectively left “society” and moved to the cabin full time.
As you can imagine, Jack is no Walmart greeter. He lives out in the hills. Yet he earns his own living by constructing bows for string instruments made out of rare hardwoods from the rain forests, mother of pearl for inlays and the finest hair for the bowstrings.
His bows are prized by professional musicians around the world for their fine craftsmanship and materials.
These days Jack invites hikers into his cabin for tea and to share stories. I’m pretty sure he could teach the youth of today a thing or two about lifestyle. He’s been living here since his wife Mary died in 2000. Jack loves his life; it’s the life he chose, which is a great lesson for all of us.
Mary, Jack’s wife, started a lovely garden with strawberries and fruit trees, and Jack continues the garden in her honor.
Filmed and contributed by Grace Jackson.
PS; you might wonder what that loaded rifle is doing next to his bed: "Mountain Lions!".