Robert was a young man from Nebraska who decided he didn’t want to be a dentist, he hitchhiked west to follow his dream of building furniture by hand. On arriving in California Robert Erickson met renowned poet Gary Snyder who invited the Nebraskan to spend a summer helping him build a house in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Inflamed with idealism at the end of the project, Robert and other young, talented members of Snyder’s construction crew banded together to buy a large neighboring parcel. In 1973, Erickson built the first structure on the land: a woodshop that he has worked in ever since. Over the next four decades, he and his land partners have built their houses, families and lives on the piece of land they still share.