Raul Rodriguez has been a lifelong resident of Elysian Valley. Originally a potter, he went on to beading. A lifeling love of nature and user of a walking stick, he began to make sticks as gifts for family and friends. Personalized sticks contain colors, symbols, and meanings particular to the recipients sometimes utelizing Native American symbolism. Raul is retired from CA Fish and Game Where he was an Assosiate Fisheries Biologist for over 20 years, monitering streams and endagered species.