I’m OK, you’re OK.
That wasn’t the sentiment Prescott photographer Chad Castigliano had in mind when he shared the first photos of Tim “The Whimsical Woodsman” Wilson in April 2016.
But the photos — featuring a bearded Wilson in skivvies, suspenders, hiking boots, a helmet and not much else — went viral, with mentions on national and international blogs and websites. (The Whimsical Woodsman is big overseas, especially in Germany, he said.)
That’s when Castigliano, of Chronicker Photography, started getting messages from around the world. They included notes from heavyset or transgender teens who wrote, “Thanks for making me feel better about myself.”
“It’s not something I think about,” Castigliano said, adding that Tim, his friend, neighbor and a wildland firefighter, is “just Tim.”
The photo shoot, which started as a way to help Books to the Rescue, an organization spearheaded by Castigliano’s wife Jasmine (see related story, Page 7A), has spawned a movement. A Facebook page with more than 111,000 likes features not just the Whimsical Woodsman, but an ever-growing list of Friends.
Among them are the Fabulous Farmer, Ravishing Rancher, Majestic Mountain Man, Blissful Barman, Bashful Brewer, Voluptuous Viking, Captivating Captain, Culinary Cutie, Audacious Off-roader (Wilson’s real-life brother) and Wistful Warrior.
The newest Friend is The Raffish Rambler, an ex-military man from Utah. At 60-plus, he’s the oldest of the bunch, chosen by popular vote on the Facebook page. Soon to be…
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