Bob Thomas

My love of nature and the mountains was first nurtured at a young age on family camping trips. As a boy, I loved being surrounded by the quietude of the woods. Time spent hiking, swimming, attending to the camp fires and interacting with animals are fond memories of my childhood experiences. That lifelong love of the outdoors led to the purchase of my home in Lake Arrowhead. It soon became my goal to bring elements of nature indoors as a focus of my home’s décor.

Much like the way Manzanita branches are transformed by this process, my work with wood has been the most recent reinvention in my life. The first occurred when I decided to pursue a career in elementary education. The degree I had earned in Industrial Technology did not meet the requirements. I returned to school, received the appropriate credential, and that turn of events led to 35 fulfilling years as a teacher and administrator before retiring in 2010. That retirement gave me the opportunity to change, once again, and pursue creative endeavors that had been dormant during my working years.

This latest change of events has been an exciting journey. It is my desire to continue to decorate my home with nature’s gifts and to share my latest passion of woodworking with others.

Mike Ambs

I love to film things, tell stories, and read on the subway. I'm pretty sure blue whales are my power animal.