| In terms of philosophy he was basically an agnostic who deeply trusted the forces and concise designs of nature to be the creator of life and thus termed the "Truth". All his life he was a profound student of nature and sought insight through careful and inspired observations of her works. In his own words he defined "God" or "Nature" as "the all-encompassing truth motivating all universal unseen forces, being self-governing and creating rock, plant, and animal evolution bound".
When it came to living one's life he often stated that one should strive to "live life to the fullest" and to him that meant doing what you desired in life completely "for the love of it". He always delighted in remarking to visitors to his house and studio that "all that you see here is the result of doing what you like entirely for the love of it". This in essence was his basic philosophy, that in order to live life to the fullest one needed only to do something for the love of it and not for recognition or financial gain. This process of living he felt would grant an individual ultimate freedom which would become visible through one's products, life, and actions. However, to make this kind of life possible one had to simplify and discipline one's life by conscientiously learning how to make do with less material needs. This could be possible by making use of things that were considered waste or garbage by society. Alex often remarked that the county dump was his own personal "gold mine", as he would often glean its materials for scrap steel from wrecked cars to make his beautiful tools, old windows and doors to build his house and studio, even old washing machines for gears and other parts to adapt his own shop machinery. You name it and he would see a use for it. This I feel is his enduring message for todays world is that we must strive to learn to make do with less and that much of what we consider waste or junk could be transformed into useful objects of beauty.
As remembered by a student Peter B. Partch.