Destination Craft with Jim West is a ground breaking new series airing on PBS and public television stations across the nation. This show brings TRAVEL + CRAFTS together in a unique and entertaining way and takes the concept of "craft television" to an entirely new level. Throughout the 13-part series, West introduces viewers to exotic and beautiful countries across the globe, showcasing master indigenous artists in both workshop and demonstrations. Season One of the series highlights destinations across the planet, where artisans who are masters at various crafts, share their passion with our host and viewing audience. We travel with a group of crafters who represent all levels of artistic abilities themselves, and through their eyes we learn and see how various crafts are made in a step by step process. The show also features masterful demonstrations from artisans who put their heart and souls into a particular craft as we see and feel how they are made. Destination Craft with Jim West is entertaining, informative, cultural, educational, fascinating, and heart-warming, and viewers are transported to not only a country, but taken on a journey of discovery. From start to finish, each episode is sure to ignite the passions of our audience so they are inspired to craft things in their lives that are meaningful and creative.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Destination Craft with Jim West - Bear Lake (Idaho–Utah) - Netflix
Bear Lake is a natural freshwater lake on the Utah-Idaho border in the Western United States. About 109 square miles (280 km2) in size, it is split about equally between the two states; its Utah portion comprises the second-largest natural freshwater lake in Utah, after Utah Lake. The lake has been called the “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its unique turquoise-blue color, which is due to the refraction of calcium carbonate (limestone) deposits suspended in the lake. Its water properties have led to the evolution of several unique species of fauna that occur only within the lake. Bear Lake is over 250,000 years old. It was formed by fault subsidence that continues today, slowly deepening the lake along the eastern side. Originally named “Black Bear Lake” by Donald Mackenzie, an explorer for the North West Fur Company who discovered the lake in 1819, the name was later changed to Bear Lake. The lake is a popular destination for tourists and sports enthusiasts, and the surrounding valley has gained a reputation for having high-quality raspberries
Destination Craft with Jim West - History - Netflix
The first known inhabitants of the Bear Lake Valley were Shoshone tribes, but the area was known to many Native Americans. The first record of whites seeing the lake is from 1818 when French-Canadian trappers working for the North West Company followed the Bear River upstream to the valley. The south end of the lake, in the area of modern-day Laketown, was the location of a rendezvous in the summer of 1827 and 1828. Mountain men, including Jedediah Smith and Jim Bridger, gathered at this location, along with trade goods suppliers, and American Indians from several different tribes. The mountain men and Indians sold their furs in exchange for various store goods and supplies, and several weeks were spent reveling in assorted amusements and liquor. Smith's arrival in June 1827 was especially historic, as it marked the completion of the first ever overland round-trip to California from the United States. As he wrote in his journal: “My arrival caused a considerable bustle in camp for myself and party had been given up as lost.” Although the lake lies relatively near the Oregon Trail, which runs north and east of the lake, and was traveled by many pioneers between 1836 and the 1850s, it seems none of them went south enough to view the lake. It wasn't until 1863 that Mormon pioneers led by Charles C. Rich settled in the Bear Lake Valley, but they made an agreement with Native Americans which left most of the Utah portion of the valley in Indian possession. The Mormons gradually moved south and established the villages of Garden City, Pickelville, and Laketown, each along the lake's shore. In later years, Bear Lake became a resort and recreation area, with many developers selling lake shore and mountain view lots. The beaches of Lakota and Ideal were given to private development in the 1970s, including the Blue Water and Sweetwater developments. The State of Utah bought the far southeast beach for use as a State Park, and the state also operates a marina on the lake's west side. Environmental concerns have arisen with the ongoing development of the area. The lake is diked on the Idaho side and downstream Bear River water users use it as a reservoir.
Destination Craft with Jim West - References - Netflix