Driving on highway 20 in Northern California you’ll find the small town of Nice. This is where I met John Hathaway, the quiet proprietor of his shop The Woodpecker. His shop, inside and out, is full of hand made one-of-a kind bat and bird houses as well as other interesting items. Each house John produces is truly unique and the variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials used to create each piece seemed endless and playful. While chatting with John he told me that his shop was featured in the upcoming Francis Ford Coppola movie TWIXT staring Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern and Ben Chaplin. His face lit up and he seemed genuinely a little excited to get to talk about his interesting experience with the film.
After spending some time looking around and talking with John I asked if I could take his picture along with a few shots of the houses and his shop. John gave me a smile and so I snapped away.
If you find yourself on highway 20 near Clear Lake stop by and checkout John’s place at 3527 E Highway 20, Upper Lake, CA 95485. It’s worth a stop and you might find yourself making friends with the quiet creative man in the corner or bringing home a bat house.