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{the work: Ellen Sherwood}

Off the Grid

Duane and Sally live off the grid and reside in a small cabin located fifty miles away from civilization. They enjoy a simple, rustic lifestyle, far away from electricity and other complexities of modern society. They believe in only taking what is needed from the land in order to survive. Together, Sally and Duane hunt, fish, garden and ice harvest. In order to make a minimal income, Sally pounds brown ash and hand weaves baskets, while Duane makes intricate knives and canoes. They adhere by the motto, “Work less and live more.”


Ellen Sherwood
Spring 2012