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" We couldn't afford a lot of things
when I was growing up, but we were a
resourceful family, " says Stockburger,
who was raised in Los Angeles, Calif.
She enjoyed outdoor watersports, from
swimming to canoeing. She also learned
to sew at age seven and steadily built her
skills, sewing clothing, purses, furniture
covers and even wedding dresses.
After completing her studies at the
University of California‚ąíLos Angeles
(UCLA) and earning a teaching certificate,
Stockburger had three job offers,
including one in a Native village in western
Alaska. " I wanted to go somewhere
where I could spend time outdoors, "
says Stockburger, who moved to Alaska
in 1991.
In addition to teaching, Stockburger
started a sewing business on the side,
fi xing insulated jackets and repairing
zippers. In her free time, she learned
how to make traditional Alaskan animal
skin and fur creations accented with
beads and quills. " I discovered that sewing
isn't just a practical skill; it's a functional
art form. "
Back to school
After retiring from a 25-year teaching career,
Stockburger craved a new challenge.
Within three months of her retirement,
she began building Salty Cushions.
Part of this interest in the marine fabrication
business was inspired by her husband,
Mike, who operated the full-service
Homer Boat Yard. As Stockburger
worked with him and repaired boat covers,
a question kept puzzling her.
" The upholstery on a boat always fails, "
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she says. " But there are cars that have
been on the road for decades that don't
have upholstery failures. I started wondering
if automotive upholstery techniques
could be applied to marine cushions for
greater durability and comfort. "
Looking for answers, Stockburger
enrolled at Tarrant County College
(TCC) in Fort Worth, Texas, which
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