Dieter Klose is a designer-builder, sailor, skier, and mountain climber living in Alaska. We ran five pages on his building projects, van travel, and design philosophy in our book, Builders of the Pacific Coast in 2008. A month or so ago, Dieter sent us these photos of a recent project in his present hometown of Petersburg, Alaska, along with the letter below.
Greetings Lloyd! I’m sending you these pics just because I thought you’ll enjoy the bridge. I offered the local park (my services) to design and oversee construction of a bridge over a 40 foot wide creek for free, and they let me have my freedom and got a grant for $10,000. I had an Eagle Scout get his big project by having him organize a big gang to move two 42′ logs and two 26′ logs — I did the rest and it was fun! The two wings don’t touch, I wanted th cantilevers to bounce a bit when you walked across and they do just right! My version of a glorified log crossing. There’s something for everyone — old ladies can make it to the troll booth to sit, or you can risk the no hand-rails bounce to get across — I’ve been getting lots of thanks which has been a blessing: it worked! Thought you’d enjoy it too.
–All the best, Dieter Klose