I visited the incredible Dick the Butcher (and rancher/welder/etc) of Joshua Tree yesterday. [He’s pictured above, photo by Stacy Kranitz.]

He says he’s in process of closing up shop.

Can’t find anyone to do butchering with him—he can’t do it himself anymore, not with the emphysema — but he can train, supervise and pay very well someone who’s willing and enthusiastic.

There’s still time for this to happen. Let’s find somebody.

Dick is a one-of-a-kind resource, with a lot left to give in terms of practical guidance/tools and full shop/wisdom/experience/customer base/etc.

For more information on who Dick is, what he does, and how to contact him directly, click here: DICK THE BUTCHER


About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.
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