I am Haven “Muskrat” Mankin, author, architect, biker, light fixture designer and craftsman.
I bet you are wondering what is the deal with the
name "Muskrat", well I am Haven "Muskrat" Mankin. I
proudly received my nickname at Harding High School in Oklahoma City...it was a
grand time in the sixties, great memories, muscle cars, Eagle football games
& rock-n-roll. We had cool guys like the "Flat Head" and the
"Master Harasser" and the awesome "Flying Horse"...who
fought in Viet Nam, survived that experience only to get run over in L.A. (which begs the
question: which area was more dangerous?) I will always remember you
"Flying Horse" (aka Clyde Ficklin). You know...I met my wife of 37 years at Harding...and even with my nickname...she married me anyway!
Yes, there is a God!
Ride hard…but ride safe…
Live to ride and ride to live!
It is useful to know a little background on your author to get a sense of where my bias may be (we all have them, though most won’t admit it).
I grew up in the Episcopal Church, went through Conformation classes and especially loved Holy Communion.
I loved the discipline and reverence that I found in what I like to call “high church”; that is “highly structured church”, as found with the Catholics and Episcopalians.
I followed my girl friend, now my wife, to the Disciples of Christ Christian Church, became a Deacon, an Elder, and Chairman of the Board of Elders.
I sat on the Board of the Regional Church, served on the Center for Congregation Vitality, was Chairman of the Commission on Congregational Nurture, I studied Catholic Contemplative Prayer with
Franciscan Monks, and currently I am teaching a wonderful adult Sunday School Class (for over 30 years now) and writing several books.
Muskrat Custom Lighting - Specializing in Custom Lighting and Lighting for the V-twin Motorcycle Enthusiast
being an architect for over 35 years, the “Muskrat” has built handmade exotic hardwood furniture, crosses and other fine projects all over the country. I build one of a kind
handmade light fixtures at Muskrat Custom Lighting which incorporate fine expensive exotic hardwoods (n
o stains or paints are ever used), along with new motorcycle parts...they are very cool. Please visit: www.muskratcustomlighting.com.
I strive for the highest calling from my Lord Jesus the Christ. I strive to be the very best
Christian, husband, father, person I can be, whether I am writing, designing buildings, working with God's beautiful natural materials, or crafting a beautiful light fixture. God created us
for meaningful work; I do all for His glory! Amen. May God bless you always.