Class Correspondent

David Gerstel writes, “After Brandeis I set out after a dream that was a little different from those embraced by most of my classmates. I wanted a life that would somehow combine ‘working with my hands’ and writing. After sampling sheet-metal work and cowboying, among other ventures, I discovered house construction and fell in love with carpentry. For 40 years now, I have worked as a carpenter and builder, and also as a wordsmith. I have been fortunate. My building and writing have merged; building has become the subject of my writing and my books have found an audience. Approximately 110,000 copies are in print. Not exactly Tom Friedman ’75 numbers, but satisfying nevertheless. Recently, I published a new book, ‘Crafting the Considerate House,’ a nonfiction narrative about designing and building a family home for people of moderate means. If you did not get more than enough of my prose when I was editor of The Justice, you might enjoy the sample chapters at my website, See you at Reunion 2012!”

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