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Our business name is Yukon Ron's. We are Ron West and mary morris, residents of Eagle, Alaska since 1980. We came to this tiny town on the banks of the Yukon River to find a simpler lifestyle. We found that and an abundance of natural beauty and amazing people. Our creations are inspired by our environment and we hope you like them.

Ron was an accomplished, self-taught silversmith when we moved to Alaska in 1980. We were coming to live in the bush, so we sold all the jewelry making supplies and equipment. We didn’t think we would come to the woods and make a living selling jewelry. But that is exactly what we ended up doing. Life is rarely ever what you expect or plan... or is it?

After our first adventure-filled year in Alaska, that included building a log cabin and surviving our first Alaskan winter, we needed to make some…

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Our business name is Yukon Ron's. We are Ron West and mary morris, residents of Eagle, Alaska since 1980. We came to this tiny town on the banks of the Yukon River to find a simpler lifestyle. We found that and an abundance of natural beauty and amazing people. Our creations are inspired by our environment and we hope you like them.

Ron was an accomplished, self-taught silversmith when we moved to Alaska in 1980. We were coming to live in the bush, so we sold all the jewelry making supplies and equipment. We didn’t think we would come to the woods and make a living selling jewelry. But that is exactly what we ended up doing. Life is rarely ever what you expect or plan... or is it?

After our first adventure-filled year in Alaska, that included building a log cabin and surviving our first Alaskan winter, we needed to make some money. We got jobs working at a gold mining operation and used some of the money we earned to get Ron back into jewelry making. We learned that people want jewelry no matter where they live.

With lots of work and the help of friends and neighbors, we built up our business. I managed the unending paperwork involved with a small business while also working as the school secretary. Ron honed his metalsmithing skills and began working with the gold nuggets mined in the area. The availability of moose and caribou antler sparked his creative juices and he taught himself how to work it into beautiful jewelry and carvings.

After 10 years as school secretary, Ron convinced me that I could quit that job and work fulltime in our business. He had managed to teach me some silversmithing skills and I had become more deeply involved in “playing” with beads. So I took the leap and our little jewelry business in the woods has been our livelihood ever since. We count ourselves as very blessed to live in a place we like and do the work we like to make a living.

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