A Man Apart. Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in by Peter Forbes

By Peter Forbes

A tale of friendship, encouragement, and the hunt to layout a greater world

A guy aside is the story—part relatives memoir and half biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow's longtime friendship with invoice Coperthwaite (A hand-crafted Life), whose strange lifestyles and fierce beliefs helped them learn and comprehend their own.

Coperthwaite encouraged many by means of residing on the subject of nature and towards modern society, and used to be usually in comparison to Henry David Thoreau. very similar to Helen and Scott Nearing, who have been his acquaintances and mentors, Coperthwaite led a 55-year-long "experiment in residing" on a distant stretch of Maine coast. There he created a dwelling house of wood, multistoried yurts, a sort of structure for which he used to be recognized all over the world. Coperthwaite additionally embodied a philosophy that he known as "democratic living," which used to be approximately empowering each person to have employer over their lives with a view to create a greater neighborhood.

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Sail and Anchor 3. Like a Landscape 4. Thirst 5. Dawn 6. Finding an Elder 7. Know Your Own Bone 8. Finding Nonviolence 9. Rain Clouds 10. Finding Oneself 11. Coming to Rest 12. A Handmade Death 13. The Last Yurt Epilogue Acknowledgments Chronology of a Life Time-Lapse Photographs of Yurt Raising About the Authors Preface This is a detail of a beautiful portrait made of Bill by Abbie Sewall in 1986, when Bill was 56. Bill’s hands always looked much older than his face. Hands built his casket, dug his grave, held his body.

A light rain began to fall. Chapter Two SAIL AND ANCHOR —Peter— This image was taken in 1995 on an early visit to Dickinsons Reach. Bill loved to take visitors out onto the water before dawn to see and feel his home come alive. One moment the earth was in its normal orbit, chores done, kids asleep, I’m standing by the window of our farmhouse in Vermont taking in the fresh snow, thinking about our families converging for Thanksgiving in two days, and the next moment I’m holding the phone, my universe knocked off its axis, everything spilling over the edge.

He always said that her art made him happy; even on the grayest of winter days when his yurt didn’t let in much light, he would turn and look at her art on his wall with its deep oranges and yellows and immediately feel a brightening in his mood. We put the blanket inside the casket to line it, then put the pine box and the body bag next to one another on the frozen gravel road. At the beach at Duck Cove, we wrap Bill in his favorite blanket and close the lid of his casket. I was afraid. I had never seen the dead body of someone I loved.

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