Tom Stecker's first book, The Pincherry Group (The Story of How a Wisconsin Hunting Camp Forged a Family Legacy), is a reasonably accurate historical chronicle of the hunting group of the same name. It began with Edmund F. "Pappy" Stecker who was born in Neenah, WI in 1892. Living in Menomonee Falls and Cedarburg, WI for most of his adult life he raised a family that eventually included six sons. Putting food on the table for a family of 8 during the depression years was difficult at times and harvesting protein from nature was a common method used to achieve that end.
This book tells the story of how the Stecker family established their hunting group and, after operating from two other locations in the northwoods of Wisconsin, finally settled on Pincherry Lake in Vilas County. The cabin resting next to this lake has evolved into more than a hunting destination. It is now a mecca where family intra and interaction takes place.
His second work, "The Pincherry Journals (Tales and Tallies of a Wisconsin Hunting Family)" is a sequel to the first book. Like many hunting groups of their era, The Pincherry Group kept a record of their activities which included amusing anecdotes and detailed descriptions of their hunts. This book is a compilation of these records from the first 46 years of The Group's existence (1938 to 1984). It reveals the collective soul of an eclectic group of individuals who displayed fair wit as they, probably by accident, created a family legacy.
Tom's newest work "Jessie's Last Journey" (For the Love of Dog) honors his favorite canine companion while reminiscing about many of the dogs he has known and loved throughout his life. Written as a first person conversation with his aging Labrador, this whimsical tale imagines how the mind of a dog works.
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Also, mostly for fun, Tom has started selling his custom made Adirondack chairs while he promotes his books at local markets.
After originally building four chairs for home use he started designing a few models for sale after receiving positive reviews regarding his work.
Done on a limited basis, and mostly as hobby, he builds four different designs, two that are traditional in style, and two that have state themes. They are sold unfinished and can be obtained as a kit if desired (easy four part assembly) which allows for easier transport and finishing.
Check out the images here to view available models and contact Tom for more information and purchase. Traditional models are $170.00 while state designs are $190.00. Custom designs may be considered with appropriate upcharge applied.