Keith Skinner

About me

Keith Skinner was born in Phoenix, raised on a farm in Ohio, and has spent most of his adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes memoir, fiction, essays, and travel narrative. His travel pieces have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Travelers’ Tales. He is currently at work on his first novel, The Relentless Harvest, a story set along the nineteenth century Mendocino County coast where a lumber boom brings together three young lives.

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A Sweet Spot in Brittany: La Fée Cabosse Chocolat

From the time Julius Caesar rumbled through in 56 B.C. to the present day, Bretagne or Brittany has been arguably one of the most intriguing regions in France, a country that has never suffered for lack of drama on the grandest scale. Invasions, infighting, territorial squabbles, and diehard traditions: Brittany has seen…

Swivel Heads and Dingbats — Early Logging on the Mendocino Coast

WOODCUTTER by Vincent Van Gogh (1885) First Mills Appear on the Mendocino Coast Because the Mendocino coast was so rugged and so remote, viable logging operations didn’t appear until the mid-19th century. As Lynwood Carranco and John T. Labbe noted in their seminal text, Logging the Redwoods, Spaniards first sighted redwoods…

Skid Roads Greased the Way for the California Lumber Boom

One of the aspects of the 19th century Redwood Coast lumber boom that most captured my imagination and compelled me to create stories to bring that time back to life was the Herculean efforts that was required to move thousands of enormous redwoods from forest to mill to market. Being…

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