Many years ago, Aldo Leopold, one of conservation’s central figures, came up with a very simple design for a bench to be used at his family’s Sand County farm. The design is perfect for the benches Buffalo Peaks Ranch needs. With a few Leopold Benches, we’ll be able to spread them across the ranch’s landscape, giving people the opportunity to find a quiet spot to read, sketch, or simply experience the quiet of this high mountain ranch.
Plus, we love that the benches have such a direct connection to Aldo Leopold, an author whose work is so central to the Rocky Mountain Land Library mission to help connect people to nature & the land!
So this past Saturday a hardy band of volunteers gathered in the corrals to build the Leopold Benches the ranch will need.
Tools were assembled, and plans made. Team Leaders Ted Schultz and Todd Matuszewicz scoured used & recycled timber sources, and gathered as many hand tools as possible. Ted and Todd came up with an ingenious plan that not only dealt with the ranch’s current lack of electricity, but actually helped us all appreciate the old hand-tool ways of building.
Meanwhile, in another generous stroke of fortune, Kim Mailes, one of our HistoriCorps re-roofing heroes from earlier this summer, returned from his Missouri home with a wonderful one-seat version of the Leopold Bench (pictured below). He wowed us with his prototype, then volunteers assembled three more.
It didn’t take long before the corrals became a literal beehive of activity. Here’s a few more great photos of a very inspiring day at Buffalo Peaks Ranch!
With great thanks to our amazing team of volunteers — friends of the Rocky Mountain Land Library forever:
Ted Schultz, Todd Matuszewicz, the Mailes family (Kim, Carol, Colton & Audrey), Susie Fredericks Nulty, Diane Betts, Kim & Ken Luedke, Ben & Meredith Sherrill. Bob Ballard, Anna Kongs, Charlie Lavender, Tom Wylie, Glenda Leader & Marc Janis, Nancy Wood (& Bob!), Lynn Lafleur Dragonfly, Bob Dragonfly, Zia Klamm, Bill Threlfall, and Sam Bell.