Bowmaker, Jack English

Filmmaker Grace Jackson shares the story of Jack English, a 93-year-old man who lives in a cabin isolated deep in the Ventana Wilderness.

From Grace’s profile, “While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead in the Ventana Wilderness was being 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.”

He continues to make repairs to the cabin, chop wood, hunt, and make violin bows, a simple life for a contented man.

I deeply appreciate a profile such as this. It is a solid reminder that it really can be a good life.

  • Carl Romanos

    October 22, 2013at6:19 PM

    I met him last year over Thanksgiving Break. A friend and I stumbled upon his cabin while backpacking in Big Sur. He was kind and told us which trails to avoid.

  • Nancy Tyner

    November 19, 2013at6:32 PM

    Hello, what an amazing, emotional story. Jack English found what most of us are looking for, but almost always just out of reach – peace. This gentleman is my new hero and yes, even older ladies need heroes. I admire his independence, spirituality and perserverence. May God continue to hold him is His hand.

    I had tears in my eyes when I read this. My son, Mike Tyner, was killed in the Ventana Wilderness, felled by an oak tree while performing his duties as a biologist caring for the Condors. How he would have respected this man who probably walked where he did. It gives me hope that peace is granted to some. Thank you, Nancy Tyner

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