Steve Gibson of Small Potatoes Lumber pauses from work on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at his sawmill east of Homer. (Charles Wohlforth / Alaska Dispatch News)
HOMER — As he has sawed up logs over the last 40 years, the ground has risen up under Steve Gibson's bare feet. Sawdust and wood chips grow ever deeper on his three acres in the woods east of Homer, like the friendships and conversations that fill the day.
Gibson sells lumber. He gives away philosophy, political observations, good advice and knowledge about how to work with wood.
"As you kind of approach the look-back period of your life, you know the W-2s are not all in United States currency. There's all the joy and satisfaction you got," Gibson said.