The Turner Jordan place, which appears in Howard Elman's Farewell, is based on one of the nicest properties in my town of Westmoreland, NH–house, workshop, and a garden where the wonders of nature integrate with the tastes and desires of the gardener.
However, the scene between Howard and Turner Jordan is one of my regrets. Turner Jordan is too much like Jim Merritt, a skilled wood worker who specializes in turned wooden bowls. I never meant to equate the fictional character with a very real person. It just happened in the writing.
My apologies to Jim Merritt, who is a good guy, the kind of guy you would want by your side if you had to go to war.