A Brief Biography
I am a retired 64 year old native Idaho resident. I live in a small community of about 125 folks called King Hill. We're so small that we don't even have a gas station or grocery store.
I serve as the Chairman of our domestic water association and hold a class 1 operators license as a drinking water operator.
I also serve as a Commissioner for the Elmore County Planning and Zoning Commission.
And another hat that I wear is as the Chairman of the Western Organization of Resource Councils: The Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) is a multi-state network of seven grassroots community organizations that include 10,000 members and 45 local chapters in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Besides being retired, I am the author of The Non-Consumers
Digest. I also do freelance writing and have been published in
such varied magazines as The Mother Earth News and Computer Edge Magazine. I am currently working on publishing a series of e-Books based on my
The Non-Consumers Digest started life as a local newspaper
column called "An Easier Way", back in 1990. It soon became
"Another Way", which became an 8 page monthly subscription
newsletter. I published the Digest from December, 1992 thru
After learning to surf the net I decided to try my hand at
doing an E-zine type newsletter. The Digest was then published
weekly from May 1999 to April, 2006.
I also do carvings from deer and elk antler under the business name Knight's Crafts.
These are primarily small (less than 2 inch) animal heads that can be worn as a hat pin, tie-tac or broach. I have recently started doing larger pieces that combine woodwork with my carvings, like book ends and wine racks.
I first began carving elk antlers back in the mid eighties as
a hobby. After getting married in 1987, I dropped the carving for the more important job of raising a family, and then picked it up again in 2003. I’ve been carving fairly steady now for the past 6 years.
Although self-taught as far as carving goes, I have had a
small amount of formal training in art: 2 semesters of painting,
2 semesters of pottery and 1 semester of silver-smithing back in
my college days. Besides carving antlers, I have also done some
wood carving for walking sticks and walking staffs.
I have also started working with a wood lathe that I got for Christmas and have been creating a lot of garden dibbles from Apricot, Black Walnut and Russian Olive.
My background also includes making my living as a business
machine repairman, a framing carpenter, doing concrete work, taxi driver, change person in a Reno casino, computer
operator/programmer, painter, truck driver and as the head of
Maintenance for a circuit board manufacturer (amongst other
I spent 3 years with the U.S. Navy and 22 years with the U.S.
Army Reserve, ending my career as an instructor in Nuclear,
Biological & Chemical Operations.
I ran my own handy-man business called Odd Jobs Unlimited for
5 years doing almost everything imaginable around a lot of homes.
I built our own home; one nail at a time, (it only took 7 years)
and I’m retired from an irrigation district as a 'ditch
rider/pump maintenance/computer operator'.
I guess you could call me a jack- of-all-trades.
Knight C Duerig (my friends call me K.C.)
PO Box 403
King Hill, ID 83633
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