Mike Welsch – Hillsboro Oregon

About a week ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Mike Welsch (Three Bears Standing), a native american gentleman who lives in Hillsboro, Oregon just outside of Portland in the beautiful Scholls Valley. This was a classic example of not judging a book by its cover. The cluttered exterior and interior of his workshop looked like a bomb had been set off or like I had been lost in a remote part of Appalachia. I’m not generally put off by the junk and clutter, but rather I find myself very curious as to the characters that might inhabit such a place.

I don’t want to give too much away about this interview – it’s one of my personal favorites so far – but I’ll simply say that this simple man had some deeply profound things to say about life and about our way of living today. I’m excited to edit this one together.

Thanks to Rich Vial for the introduction, and the production still.

Category: In Production


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