The New Sasquatch

March 13, 2014

Six NEW SASQUATCH trail paintings are on sale at the ETSY CART, here.

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Early spring dawn over Mount Diablo

March 5, 2014

The Dry California Winter 2014

January 25, 2014

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“All of my work these days, which I call ‘Trail Paintings’ are done on the road and are directly inspired by the mountain poetry that floods over me when I am exploring the American West. Being a wilderness perfumer with Juniper Ridge, I am preoccupied with the romantic nature of the rugged wildlands of California and so therefore i incorporate visionary motifs into my simple, spontaneous drawings, that reflect the inspiration I feel.”

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The tools. Go to www.obikaufmann.com to catch up.

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The dear ones at West Coast Craft: Marisa Haskell, Lauren Wolf, Brook Lane, Alli Darling, Ali Golden, Sarah Tejada,  Shanti Rackley and Leah Bershad

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That’s Junipero Serra Peak on the Horizon. The native Salinans call it Pimkolam. It is the highest peak in California’s coastal range and one of my true loves.

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The Savage Angels

December 16, 2013

19 paintings by Obi Kaufmann, for sale in the portfolio entitled “The Savage Angels”. Watercolor and ink on paper. Made on trail – made on the road. A torn piece of my gypsy heart. Comes mounted on backer board, in plastic sleeve, size 7.25″ x 10.5″. Paper is tortured. Price includes domestic shipping. Contact me for international shipping.


The Wilderness Distillery on Esquire’s Style Blog

October 21, 2013

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When you get down to it, most of our soaps and colognes are made in places that look scarily like laboratories. Even the ones that proudly exclaim that they’re all-natural. Not so with Juniper Ridge. The company makes soaps, colognes, and sprays that smell great, but they do it in a decidedly non-laboratorial manner. In fact, they concoct many of their fragrances using a vintage whiskey still, though sometimes they go moonshine style, over a campfire. These people are, as we found out firsthand, a bunch of bourbon-loving, beer-swigging, meat-grilling Californians who just happen to have a thing for tracking down and capturing the scent of the woods.

They’ve got a gold miner’s mission, a sommelier’s nose, and a distinct appreciation for the wilderness of the American West, all of which were on display when we hitched a ride with Juniper Ridge this past July on the trail in the Tahoe National Forest. We were there to concoct a new scent, or an “aromatic snapshot,” as they like to call it. You see, the ingredients the company works so hard to find aren’t just specific to their locations but also to the season — some flowers they use bloom for only a few weeks each year.

Oh, and yes: Juniper Ridge is all-natural. Doggedly so. Bark, sap, leaves, twigs, grass, flower petals, stems — these ingredients come courtesy of the wilderness. And there are no synthetics in the mix, either; it’s either pure sugarcane alcohol or organic duck fat (the company is definitely not vegetarian). Because of this, each batch of products is entirely unique, a reflection of the season’s bounty that captures a moment in time in much the same way a good bottle of wine does.

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visit Juniper Ridge’s website here

writing by Matt Bell on Instagram

photos by Mat Rick on instagram

the artwork of Obi Kaufmann here

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