A father, builder, writer, and adventurer, hailing from Humboldt County, and living in various places west of the Rockies, Brad Kerstetter is a jack of many, a master of none. A love of the outdoors and all things flowering, inspired him to get a degree in Botany. While he never professionally used his degree, as a carpenter, then as a cabinet and furniture maker, he could tell you more than you wanted to know about the role of xylem and phloem in the grain structure of Bird’s Eye Maple. During the great recession, he happily let go of his cabinet and furniture making business to become a full-time dad, and to remodel his Portland home. Curiosity killed the cat and keeps Kerstetter—whether it’s farming powder, fishing for salmon and cod out of his Hobie, or exploring a canyon—seeking new escapades. When asked if he will ever finish his house, he will remind you of the ancient Chinese proverb: When man finishes house, man dies. Besides, there’s too many adventures to be had.