Wood Smoke Jim is a Celtic story teller in the tradition of his ancestors who left the fells, highlands and moors of Scotland, Ireland and Wales (In several cases “the leaving” was with the English in hot pursuit).
Inspired by the rich history of the Eastern Upper Peninsula and it’s people, he weaves tales that will be heard for another one hundred years round the campfires. He has been a trapper, police officer, and was International Corrections Officer of the Year in 1994. He has been telling his stories as Wood Smoke Jim for since 2005. He is most honored to be called Papa by his six amazing children, now grown, who inspire him everyday. He also loves being the husband of his beautiful Mary Elizabeth , River Lark Mary.
He is proud to be the grandfather of Frankie James Couling. He will be telling more delightful stories as a grandfather.
New in 2017,with a move to Traverse City, Twilight Walking Tour is excited to investigate new stores and areas and present them in our classical family fun way.
Wood Smoke Jim is reading lots of new books and meeting lots of interesting people preparing for our new walks. If you have a great ghost story or strong woman story you would like to share with Wood Smoke Jim, please call him or email him.
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River Lark Mary Couling
River Lark Mary is a strong woman of the North, having Celtic Roots. She uses her lilting, folk voice to compliment the love of her life’s’ magical stories.
It is great fun for Mary to walk by Jim’s side, listening or perhaps telling her ‘wee bit’ of the story. She tells others that she has been on almost all the storytelling walks that Wood Smoke Jim has done and she never tires of his stories.
Mary finds her six talented children inspirational, and is very proud to be their mom.
Mary is proud to be a Grandmere, in the French tradition. She will be singing lullabies to Frankie James Couling, with the starting of a new generation of Couling storyteller/singers.