Carl V. Pickhardt
Carl Vincent Pickhardt, skilled craftsman, carpenter and boat builder, died July 19, 2014 at his home in Halcottsville.
Born in Pokomoke City, MD October 31, 1946, he was a son of the late Charles and Margaret Yost Pickhardt. He grew up in Brewster, NY and served in Vietnam where he was injured in 1968.
Carl came to the Catskills looking for peace and balance and in 1976 found a patch of ground in Bragg Hollow where he spent the next several years building, with hand tools, a home of his own design. Using stone, wood and largely found materials, he created an off-the-grid refuge he named Tranquility Base.
A self-taught draftsman, electrician and mechanic, Carl designed and executed exquisite home renovations, solar installations and other projects. As a young man, he had raced sailboats on Long Island Sound, and in the 1980s he turned his considerable talents to the nautical world. He built several cedar strip canoes, and a 28-foot Lightning sailboat, which he enjoyed sailing on the Hudson River with his partner of 19 years, Barbara Johnson. She died in 2008.
Carl is survived by his son, Erik Galusha-Pickhardt of Bradford, NH, and brothers Vincent and Wayne Pickhardt. He leaves a companion, Ellen Ciferi; former partner Diane Galusha, and many friends who will remember long fireside conversations, metaphysical debates and epic sauna parties at Tranquility Base.
Cremation was under the direction of Hynes Funeral Home. Per Carl’s wishes, there will be no formal services.