ABOUT DANIEL WESTBROOK
It was as if history stood still where I grew up in the Yukon wilderness. Sternwheelers still parked on the river banks, ghost towns, wilderness cabins, mines, trails and roads, still laying there, as if everyone just disappeared one day. They left behind equipment, stories, and a rich history that I came to know as a boy. A history, that is still with me today.
There was a turn of the century sawmill. Of course it was all caved in, and the trees had taken over growing up through the middle of the old site, but you could still walk around in there. As I stood knee deep in 70-year-old sawdust, I could see the wheels, belts, saw blades and even the steam engine that ran the whole place. There, still hung on the wall, were the mule harnesses ready to go. In that moment the layers of history pealed back transporting me in time. I could smell the grease, sawdust, and even the faint hint of baked bread coming from the cookhouse. I could see the men and women working, I heard them talking. I could see and hear the mules, I heard the whistle of the stern wheeler coming in for the next load of logs. I could see their clothes, and faces. I wanted to be working with them as I could feel the camaraderie of togetherness, as they carved out lives in the wilderness with their hands. In that instant they became my heroes. I realized then that I would be a craftsman, and that I would work with my hands, their gift to me is their legacy that spans time.
Today, my life is founded on the legacy of four, old fashioned fundamental values, Respect, Hard Work, Trust, and Stewardship. My primary focus is on writing, video hosting, and renovating historic homes, where I’m still peeling back the layers of time, experiencing the stories of the trades people that came before us. It is our responsibility to carry on today, the lessons of history they gave to all of us, a history my friends, that is,
Built to Withstand the test of time.
Daniel Westbrook Is available for, appearances, video hosting, writing articles, video production, and carpentry work. Feel free to contact me anytime.
Still making Saw Dust,
Daniel James Westbrook