Six years ago, a young and inspired environmental artist, Jeff Clapp, traveled to Nepal on a mission to clean up the trash left behind by the mountaineers of Mount Everest. When Jeff embarked on this journey, he wasn’t aware that it would soon change the course of his life.
Like the old saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Jeff returned home with empty oxygen tanks and full of big ideas. Jeff took his wood turning tools and began handcrafting the abandoned and weathered tanks into beautiful pieces of art. Soon after, The Bells & Bowls of Everest was born. Since his journey to Nepal, Jeff has won many prestigious awards for his environmental leadership and unique artwork, which is now sold throughout the world.
When Jeff contacted us about building a soapstone masonry heater, we jumped at the opportunity. Having traveled to one of the coldest places in the world, building Jeff the safest, most dependable heater was the least we could do. We received this letter a few days ago, and are so happy his little soapstone heater is still the source of warmth and comfort we hoped it would be…
“I saw these guys at the Common Ground Fair and they had this nice soapstone stove on display. I had been drooling over them for years and finally decided to get one. Well let me tell you it turned out to be the most wonderful addition to our home. The cat and dogs have found new places to sleep next to it. On cold winter mornings I wrap my arms around it to enjoy the deep penetrating heat.
The second best part is it saved us over $2500 in heating cost for our home. We got rid of the propane fireplace and have oil heat and hot water. The first year we saved $1000 in propane and $1500 in oil. All I burned was standing dead wood from my property and it couldn’t have been more than two cords. The woods look great!”
Environmental Artist/Bells From Everest