Product designer relocating to the NW back-country?

Did not see anything in the rules of the forum that required that postings be limited to one discussion group. Given that this posting has some relevance to this discussion group as well - I have posted it twice.

I am looking for an industrial designer/new product designer with which to potentially collaborate. This is not your typical post – more like a “Needle in a haystack” thing – but I’ll give it a shot! - and see what happens. I am looking for such an individual, practicing or semi-retired, that is either planning on or is interested in relocating to the rural northwest.

This is my unique situation… I have a rustic three-level log home on wooded acreage near Sandpoint, Idaho that is available for lease to such a person (creek, windmill, outbuilding, miles of horse back riding trails through beautiful timberland). My family and I reside on the opposite side of this 120 acre forested property. I am an entrepreneur, inventor, and consultant with a home office on the property, several product programs under my belt (both winners and losers), and more dreams to be chased. I’ve consulted for several independent inventors; i.e. market research, product commercialization, and licensing development. My objective here is to creatively kill two birds with one stone in locating a tenant with which I can potentially collaborate.

((I really want to make a “Deliverance” joke here, but won’t))

Sounds like an interesting proposition…good luck with the search.

Thanks for sparing me the Deliverance schtick. It’s interesting, however… in 1992 I envisioned a changeover that I thought would occur in rural America. The convergence of internet savvy individuals (in 1992 they called it the “information super highway, I believe) relocating to the backcountry and via phone, fax, email, and FedEx conduct commerce in an independent and inventive way, location neutral. It is happening, though slowly. The emerging mix of progressive entrepreneurs and sons of ranchers/framers co-existing in rural communities. I see that in Sandpoint. For the first time in the history of civilization the division-of-labor society incorporates working populations that are located in rural areas yet service the largely urban machinery of business, wired workers. In that sense, it’s an exciting time to be alive and witness the social evolution, for the better I hope.
And yes, I thought of all that while cogitating on the front porch smoking my corn-cob pipe and watching the grass grow. Baba, now pass me som-a-dat noonshine.

joking, of course.

You know, here’s a perfect chance to outline the pro’s of a creative individual moving to Sandpoint…

it’s not redneck like some other places in the Panhandle
It’s only 1.5 hours from Spokane… if that’s a plus.

Sweeten the pot man, break down everyone’s assumptions about Idaho.
Hey at least it’s not Montana.

Sounds like too good of a thing to share.

Idaho is a great place. It really is one the undiscovered places in the lower 48.

is there a machine shop close or on the property? What is the closeset airport that you use regularly?

I am in the southern area of Bonner County, approx 35 minutes outside of Sandpoint. The Spokane airport is an hour from me. Its an easy airport with direct flights almost everywhere. Don’t have a machine shop on the property, but then again that is one of the reasons I am looking for an industrial designer with proto-typing skills (it would be nice to have that capability here). And my steel outbuilding is perfect for such a shop. There are plenty of small towns within 30 minutes from here, and plenty of machining capability between here and Spokane.

I am a transplant from southern california - I’ve been here for 14 years. Idaho isn’t packed with the kind of progressive business savvy and entreprenuerial projects you might find in San Francisco, for example. But then, its Idaho - and things here are changing. The local populations are morphing in with the transplanted baby boomers and others looking for a pausable escape from the rat race. There are good and not-so-good aspects to relocating to the backwood, but for the days I have left I’ll never do full-time in urbania again.

Don’t know much about Schweitzer - I’m a cross country skier. Just one foot off the deck and I’m off for miles.

dude, you live in the middle of NOWHERE

just me and the moose and the bear, aside from my family of course and the other 50 or so thousand people that life in the county.

Yet my office (on the ranch) has high speed satelite internet, and three unlimited national phone/voice lines. I can accomplish the same volume of work here, remotely, as I did in the city.

The difference: its cheaper and better here, in my own private little valley in the woods.

But then its not everybodies cup of tea.