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1 hour, 56 minutes ago 0
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Welcome to our home, 160 Whirlaway Trail in Corbin, KY!   Sherelene and I moved to Corbin in 1979 when I went to work for Doug Blair at Richland Conrich Energy.  Our home, built the year before,  utilizes Western Red Cedar for the entire exterior, treated pine for the decks a walkways and a lot of the. inside walls are also made from Western Cedar.  I love the natural wood, but……. it requires a certain amount of care to keep it looking rich and beautiful.  The cost of western Cedar has escalated so much that if I ever wanted to build the same house again, there is no way I could afford to do it!  The cedar requires a good pressure washing, stripping and an application of a product called Revive before applying a oil based preservative to bring back the cedar color, at least every 5 to 6 years!



Sherelene and I have been searching for over 3 years to find someone that could do this!  Several painters have come and looked at the project and never came back, it’s a man killing job!  The point of this blog entry is to praise the company we finally found! Collins Custom Creations based in Bell County, Kentucky.  Don’t worry at the end of the blog I will give you all of their contact info.  Jody and Evan have just spend over three weeks with us working from daylight to dark almost every day!  My assessment is that they are talented, hard working, and able to deal with almost any situation!  Beside all the wood work they rebuilt part of a from deck walkway, some electrical work, and indoor ceiling work repairs.  When they say they are finish work carpenters, they truly are!  We are thrilled with the results of their hard work!  Over the time we had them with us Chester fell in love with them and so did we!



We love our home and love it even more after the loving care it got from Jody and Evan, if you are needing flooring, trim work, window installed, decks built. or repaired, or need wood work I can highly recommend them.  Today nothing is cheap, but their fees were very reasonable, considering that they show up, work hard and leave everything cleaned up and as it was before, except with the work very well done!  They went above and beyond our expectations and today that is rare indeed!


Thanks guys, it was a pleasure having you working in our home!


Collins Custom Creations            (606) 541-6345   

2 days, 2 hours ago 0
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This will need a little explanation!  I bought a Panasonic Lumix GX85, a small rangefinder style camera and then started buying small high quality lenses to go with it, and as usual,  I couldn’t stop!!!!!  After acquiring a bunch of lenses (7) and then thought, hey maybe  I need a second body and some more serious lenses!  So I bought from OM System their OM-D E-M1 Mark III  20 mega-pixel camera body with a ton of great features!  To go with it I bought the Olympus 12-40 f 2.8 Pro II mid range zoom and the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100 f 2.8 Asph, lens.  Bottom line, the body is very capable, and the two lenses are honestly two of the best of their focal lengths I’ve ever used and very well made!  Keep in mind that because these are Micro 4/3rds lenses they are a 24-80 and 70-200 respectively!  So what’s the problem?


The Lumix GX85 is pretty simple to operate, the Olympus has so many features and functions that I’ve had a hard time figuring it out!  I paid  $2,100. for the three, they are like new and I  have the boxes.  Bottom line I will take $1,500. for the set!  Combined that is a pro body with a two lenses ranging from 24mm to 200mm all at f 2.8!  They’re compact and easy to carry! By-the-way, the body comes with three batteries and a charger, not included in the box new!



Contact me at if you are interested!





the pilgrim

3 days ago 2
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A couple of weeks ago I lost a very dear friend and brother, Gus Clouse.  I wrote a blog entry about how much I loved and appreciated him.  As loss always does, it has caused me to do a lot of soul searching.  It brought me to a troubling conclusion!  I’ve spent the better part of the last fifty + years traveling all over the world to make photographs of many subjects that for the most part that are, truthfully, fairly insignificant.  Yes they were beautiful and interesting, but, they did not matter to me near a much as my family and friends!  Above, top left Jim Haverstock and his late wife Sue, Jim Begley, bottom left to right, Carl Turner and his wife Monica and Jack Graham. I have well over 500 images of waterfalls but very few of these people!!!  I realized this when I tried to find images of Gus!  I have more images of Sherelene and my children and grandchildren, but I’m with them all the time, but then I’m with these people a lot too!!!


So what am I going to do?  I’m going to try to make more photographs of the people I love!  I’m sorry that I’ve dropped the ball of the ability God has given me, I need to use it to magnify Him and the ones I care so much about!  This group at the top are among my closest and most dear friends!  Jack Graham has been my teaching partner, friend  and brother and we’ve gone though lots of trials together, He’s a true friend!  Jim and Sue are two of the dearest friends I’ve ever had, and I really miss Sue, but she is with our Lord!  Jim is God’s guide to me in my spiritual life!  Jim Begley is not only a great photographer, but also a dear friends with whom I’ve shared many great adventures, he’s wonderful Christian man and friend!  Carl Turner is one of the most God loving men I now, he truly has God’s ear, when’s the chips are down he’s the one I pray is on his knees lifting me up to our God!  Monica is one of the most Holy Spirit driven Christians I’ve ever known!  These kinds of friends are priceless!  I don’t deserve them, but I’m thrilled to have them in my corner!  I love doing portraits of our students in the Missionary Baptist church in Cades Cove, one below, I promise to try to do better!


One of my favorite workshop guests!


I promise to work hard at it!




the pilgrim


3 days, 23 hours ago 0
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It’s time to sell off some of my gear.  These are my least used lenses and a body.  All are in Mint condition or Mint-.  All but the X-T1 have lens hoods and the original box plus all caps.  I take great care of my gear and all of these are lightly used.  If you’re interested you can email me @: First Come First Served.





the pilgrim