'American Woodie' FROM GROUND TO GOWN

Diamond Miner/Dealer in Pujehun, Sierra Leone

'American Woodie' FROM GROUND TO GOWN

Diamond Miner/Dealer in Pujehun, Sierra Leone

Visit my website

FROM GROUND TO GOWN is an un-scripted reality series to show the plight of an American miner with his team (TBD) and the villagers they live among in Sierra Leone, West Africa, mining for diamonds against all odds, but with a lot of hope. We are starting a new program to allow bachelors or the man who has everything to retain my services to mine for an engagement or anniversary diamond for the big question or special day! The program is named "From Ground to Gown". American Woodie actually artisanal mines, finds, and delivers a diamond direct from the ground in Sierra Leone, to the bachelor or husband who then has it custom cut, all the while custom videoing the entire process while using the bride to be or wife's name. Never before done, "....here darling I had a guy scour the earth of West Africa, to find a diamond as precious and singular as you!". Customers can take it one step further, and make an undercover trip to actually pick the diamond out of a miners shaker!!

For years, Woodie Butler (Little Rock, Arkansas) has lived and ethically mined for DIAMONDS in the most remote villages in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Lovingly referred to as “American Woodie” by the citizens and to his Chiefdom's residents, he is simply known as Woodie Zombu, adopted son of the Paramount Chief. Woodie, a southern, Caucasian, Christian, lives and raises his tribal family in a mostly Muslim, West African village, deep in the bush, where basic survival and unconditional love of one's fellow man has formed an unbreakable bond between them.

The show will follow American Woodie, who lives full time in the bush with his tribal wife Nancy and children Mary, Jenneh, and recently born Diamond Butler. To see Woodie, the only American man within a good 80 miles, in his camo tank tops displaying large arm tattoos, matching hunting boots, and with a Peter Grimm cowboy hat on. Being a head taller than most local men, with a 12-inch Bowie Knife and machete on his sides, one understands why his name and legend has spread like fire across this wild country. Visitors always describe him as a crazy, muscled version of “Indiana Jones” or American “Crocodile Dundee, with no fear of adventure. And there is his team of loud talking, heavy drinking, hearts of gold, gentlemen, who would follow their wild American compatriot to the edge of sanity (or in this case insanity), deep in the jungle to find a huge diamond.

Life in the West African bush and diamond industry depends on being able to navig

  • Work
    • From Ground To Gown