Photo Credit Michael Rauner, in "The Visionary State"
The restoration required 18 months of work, with help from Eva's Brother Goettfried (master carpenter from Berlin), mighty "Motley", Bill Crowell, Erik Midstokke and son, from Idaho, and (locally) Turner Construction, and many others. House engineering was by Steve Devich. Bridge engineering was by Terry Sturgis. Yours truly and my wife, Eva Knodt, were the architects and principal woodworkers.
After we moved back in, in 1999 Ken and the Pranksters, including Ken Babbs, Mountain Girl, George Walker, and Roy Sebern, and newer faces, visited us in Furthur, on their way to England to look for Merlin. After a tearful tour of the re-built house – several pranksters were touched to see the old place given new life – Ken brought everybody into the Redwood fairy circle behind the kitchen and held a communal I-Ching throw.
The two hexagrams resulting from our eight throws said: “a good man confronted with a trial by water will prevail if he is true to himself,” and “when a large force is in conflict with a weak force, the result must be handled with great gentleness.” I thought surely Ken rigged that I-Ching reading for me – but according to folks who knew him he never 'Pranked' anything having to do with the I-Ching..
The 50th Anniversary Tour
Local artist and poet, Leah Lubin, created this photo collage from the Pranksters' 1999 La Honda Trip. A photo of the house is in the upper left corner. Leah has several additional collages featuring Ken Kesey, Jerry Garcia, the Beats, and the Beat Museum in San Francisco. See these and more of her work on her web site, (http://www.leahlubin.com/).
photo credit, Leah Lubin