Hikezilla, a regular section hiker reader and guest poster (see Alcohol Stoves: Timing your Boil), started working at my company a few weeks ago. Although we’ve known each other for 15 years, we only discovered that we shared a love of hiking and The Appalachian Trail last year.
Among his many talents, zilla is a cabinet and furniture maker, trained at the famous North Bennett Street School in Boston. At one point when I was fiddling a lot, I thought about quitting the software industry and attending this school myself, to learn the art of violin making and repair.
A few weeks ago, zilla gave me a gift wooden box that he made by hand, inspired by Sherpa story that I’ve been unable to verify but which sounds plausibly true. The story goes like this:
Every time a Sherpa climbs a mountain he brings back a tiny stone from it and puts it in a box along with the stones from other mountains. This brings him luck and good fortune. Zilla suggested that I use this box to collect stones from my climbs in Scotland next month.
What a wonderful idea!