By Peter Forbes
A tale of friendship, encouragement, and the hunt to layout a greater world
A guy aside is the story—part relations memoir and half biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow's longtime friendship with invoice Coperthwaite (A home made Life), whose strange existence and fierce beliefs helped them learn and comprehend their own.
Coperthwaite encouraged many by way of dwelling just about nature and against modern society, and used to be frequently in comparison to Henry David Thoreau. very similar to Helen and Scott Nearing, who have been his buddies and mentors, Coperthwaite led a 55-year-long "experiment in dwelling" on a distant stretch of Maine coast. There he created a domicile of wood, multistoried yurts, a sort of structure for which he used to be identified world wide. Coperthwaite additionally embodied a philosophy that he referred to as "democratic living," which was once approximately empowering each person to have supplier over their lives so one can create a greater group.
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Peter remembered Bill’s showing him where he wanted to be buried, just beyond his woodlot in a grove of maples. Those of us gathered headed into the trees, agreed on a place that was a natural opening where the ground was less gnarled with tree roots, and with shovels began to dig. We aligned the head of the grave to the east. Bill’s friend Tim Beal, who owned a sawmill close by and had done much of the figuring and cutting of boards for Bill’s building projects over the years, was there with his son and brother.
We carried the casket to the boats and lashed it firmly to the crossbeams so that it was parallel and centered between the canoes. For a long moment we all stood there in silence, as the casket rocked gently on the waves lapping beneath the boats, the new wood bright against the dark surface of the sea. Then we pushed off, making our way through the soft salt ice toward the open water. Halfway across the cove Michael flipped a frond of seaweed onto the casket. Small waves stroked the bottom of the box between the boats and once in a while a larger one hit hard and washed over to where I was kneeling, paddling in the center with the casket against my left shoulder.
And most importantly, would she appreciate Bill, see through his rough exterior, go past his manly stories and his dogma to find something unique, deeply helpful, loving to a core? And later I wondered, would our daughters, Willow and Wren, come here by choice?
A Man Apart. Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living by Peter Forbes