Jewels & Gems
David Tallman was left out of our craftsman roundup in the last issue; although he
has lived and worked in Montecito for the past 40 years, he has no retail presence.
But, his gold and bejeweled creations have astonished a growing number of
collectors and admirers, including docents at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Modern architecture draws its inspiration from geometric forms, sunlight, clean
lines, and an array of attractive and aesthetically pleasing building materials,
but building in Montecito – where urban construction meets wildland habitat
in a sometimes deadly clash of wind and fire – presents special challenges.
Fortunately, that same modern architecture offers solutions like fire-resistive tiles,
non-flammable fabrics, and intelligent landscaping.
Fuel cells are literally the way to go, suggests executives at Portland-based
ClearEdge Power, whose 5kW fuel cell can pump out 43,800 kilowatt hours of
power in a year’s time; a typical California home will use less than 7,000 kilowatt
hours per year. UCSB is about to install its own stationary fuel cell, and Ballard
Power Systems has designed a 1kW household-sized fuel cell. Perhaps one day
soon, U.S. consumers can say to foreign oil producers, “Oil? We don’t need no
On the Road
Barnaby Conrad is a well-traveled man; but even he and his wife, Mary, who
accompanied him, were surprised at how remote the Marquesas are. This small
archipelago of seven islands lie further from a continental surface than any
other specks of land on Earth. It is where Gauguin chose to end his dissolute life;
Jacques Brel is buried here too.
People: Tom Wathen
When Tom Wathen retired as CEO of the Pinkerton Agency, the world’s largest
private security firm (remember when Butch Cassidy asks the Sundance Kid “Who
are those guys?” “Those guys” were Pinkerton men), he turned his attention to his
great life’s passion: the restoration of famous flying machines.
Food & Wine
Star Lane Vineyard is part of a 4,000-acre property in the Happy Canyon area of
Santa Barbara County and site of the wine-growing area’s first gravity-fed winery.
Winemaker Nick DeLuca oversees the production and aging of Star Lane’s wines
in the 26,000 square feet of steady-temperature caves that have been dug into
For a tiny coastal village snuggled between the mountains and the sea, Montecito
has an array of excellent dining choices; you’ll find every one of them listed in this
guide, along with selected others found between Carpinteria and Goleta.