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Last Refuge of the Troublemaker

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Last Refuge of the Troublemaker

Artist, lumberjack, troublemaker.

Airs May 21, 2017 at 5:32 p.m.

Available for streaming May 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018

Last Refuge of the Troublemaker tells the story of Steve Backus, a lumberjack-turned-artist for whom the trees are a canvas and a chainsaw his tool. Backus lives on a gated, four-acre compound on Whidbey Island, where a mix of carved figures dot his land. His home was once the site of the very same sawmill where Backus worked as a teen. Now, it’s his own motley gallery of wood-carved figures. Backus, a second-generation wood carver, has been in the business for 40 years, following in the footsteps of his mother.

About the filmmaker

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Shannon Snider enjoys sharing stories of the compelling characters in the Pacific Northwest. He often works with his wife, whom he met many years ago in a documentary film class.