An 8-print folio
in celebration of craftmanship
My family ancestors worked with their hands. My paternal grandfather, Alva Ross, was a farmer. My father, who grew up on that farm, could make or repair almost anything. As a kid, I spent many hours helping my dad build things, large and small, from birdhouses to sheds. We also remodeled the house, rebuilt carburetors and engines, and repaired anything that broke.
My grandfather on my mother's side, Albert Iten, is Swiss, and was trained in the Swiss Apprenticeship System as a blacksmith. He taught me to weld and to work with metal, and yet, for over 20 years, he has also trained over 100 Bonsai trees! In learning from these men, I developed a respect for people who work with their hands, and a reverence for things handmade, as well as the machines and tools they use.
— Harold Ross