Letter to the Editor - Pleasant recall of George Ives

Letter to the Editor - Pleasant recall of George Ives

Dear Editor,

 Leonard Frazer's latest article about the history of the Canoe Mountain Echo (Time-Space-Equation, May 18 issue) brought back some memories about George Ives.

In addition to being a writer and editor, George was a carpenter. I had the pleasure of working with him at Mount Robson Park in the 1970s, doing maintenance on The Big House (Parks headquarters) at Red Pass. He called himself a "rough carpenter," and to prove it, he would saw a 2 x 4 halfway through and then stomp on it to break it in two.

He taught me the hammer joint: if you cut a piece of wood a bit too long, hammer on the end of it to mush it up so it fits.

And although he was a rough carpenter, I remember him being irate at being told by a painter, that it takes a good painter to make a carpenter look good. 

Jim Swanson,
McBride