was born in Flint, Michigan in the good old USA in 1952 …I
feel I had a pretty much average life in a middle class
world .. with loving parents .. we always had pets …dogs,
cats, birds, squirrels, and that list goes on for a while… We
were always going camping and traveling in the summers ..and
I always had a project under development in the back yard
..Life was good!
At the Age of eleven, I picked up the nick
name of "Sheldon" .. and it is still with me today.
My occupation is a
little difficult to pin down.. I have been blessed with the
ability to do a number of things that can apply to one's
income . I have recently returned to carpentry, tile and
technical work for my old friends as well as putting
together a book of photo of fur trade relics .
For the last 5 years I have been
brokering art from
Kong to the US and UK markets
on eBay.. Mostly mammoth ivory carvings (
Click here to see
my photos on this subject ) .. that business came to a quick
end after a "Green Group" lobbied
eBay with a study that reported
Mammoth Ivory Carvings
sold on eBay was not always mammoth .. but elephant ivory
made to look like mammoth ( or so the man told me on the phone
when I called eBay and asked why they were canceling out my
investment of 5 years of hard work in Hong Kong building my
store and clientele, and effectively putting me out of
business ) .. Elephant ivory has been banned for sales and
shipments worldwide for the last 10 years or so .. It is
only my opinion when I say .. I was there in almost every
Ivory store weekly in Hong Kong buying goods.. this is where
most of the world's mammoth ivory sales come through .. and
only once out of the 5 years was I offered a look-alike
mammoth ivory carving made from elephant… Oh the Chinese
still do have lots of elephant Ivory left over from their
stock before the ban … (
Photos of Elephant ivory carvings )
but there seems to have been enough mammoth coming out of
Russia to supply the market's needs .. though I am sure some
of the look-alike mammoth was being carved in China, where
this seems to be happening a lot as the news would indicate
with antifreeze in the toothpaste and so on.. but still I
wonder about the reasons why .. was it the elephant ivory
issue? or something else?
Last year I was watching a BBC special where the elephant
herds in Africa were getting overpopulated for their
allotted areas and the report was showing how they were
administering contraceptives to the female elephants.. so
the question on my mind is ….is it more humane to kill the
older elephants for their tusks, or let them die of
starvation? Will we have to pay the price in other
ways like administration over this matter? .. whatever the answer
….it is never an easy one when you are trying to play the part
of mother nature.
A few years ago I was
half owner in a online
where I was the co-creator of our flavors and fudge making
process as well at the development of the website, web sales
, promotional e-mails, and package design.
I was the CEO and
owner of a small web hosting company, Its-a.com
. We used to do 50% of the
web presence for a tourist island on the Straits of Mackinac
at the tip of lower Michigan called
Mackinac Island …in the
summer it is known to have over 10,000 people visit it a day.
I'm not sure what really happened to interest in website
development .. But after the shock of 9/11 there was less
business so I moved on to other things.
I am now doing very little web site development except for my
friends and my own interests.
Above Photos Taken By:
Steven Moskwa - Flash Author: Bob
As you can
see I am a photographer. Most of my photo
history is now here in this
mostly... so I find myself working in Adobe PhotoShop quit
Here are some of the other positions and occupations I have
Networking, System administrator, Computer hardware
and software tech, Cabinet maker and Finish Carpenter, Plumber , Brick Mason ,
Lock Smith, Satellite /Cable
and TV Technician, Candy Maker, Webmaster and Monster builder
at The Haunted Theatre -on
**see you tube below** ( there will be more coming soon to my
Oh yeah, and I was the Second assistant to the
property master on the Movie
"Somewhere in Time "
it was a nice fun-filled summer that year...
The monsters in this video were built by the
late Dale Kuyper who's works of art were built for
films like the "Cave Man" and "The Howling" .
In this video with the "man thing" surrounded by the mad scientist lab
equipment which I was responsible for building.
Before all of the above I owned a small construction company for
about 10 years on
doing mostly maintenance and repair for a lot of the summer cottages there.
I enjoy anything out of doors ... and that ties in with my
photography . I enjoy hiking and camping ... I have enjoyed
traveling and have fallen in love with all things Asian. I
have been to Canada, Malaysia ,
China, Hong Kong,
I use to have a pond on my old ranch
where I loved to raise goldfish and koi ..
For a while I use to prospect for gold ... I traveled
the western states and I found a bit here and there ... but
it was mostly a fun thing and not for profit . (more
photos will be posted soon)
I'm into solar wind energy ...
I have also built a few travel buses ... I will add the photos
to my gallery as soon as I can dig them out ..
I also enjoy cycling... I guess the list is pretty much
As always this site will be a ongoing work in progress !