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Creating Fun & Games: Jason Kapalka

Interview by Tom Keenoy
Photos by Ross Bodenmann
There’s a new sign up at the Harbour Centre building in Comox that maybe doesn’t quite fit with the other businesses near the water. I caught up with Jason...

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Forging Perfect Imperfections: Fire & Hammer Forgeworks

Words by Kerry Hale
Photos by Lorenz Jimenez
By his own admission, James Emslie has a knack for making modern things from other people’s discarded items. His Facebook page says he is a “maker of...

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Food at the heart of the community

LUSH Valley Food Action Society.     We live in an agriculturally rich region where traditions converge to create a sophisticated local...

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As You Like It

Words & Photos by Bobby Herron
As You Like It Products & Catering epitomizes the farm-to-table approach to food production and service. Chef, caterer, and food producer Laura Agnew believes...

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Casting Light

Words by Allie Jenkinson
Photos by Jenn Dykstra
The process of illumination at the Fanny Bay Candle Company.     The setting of The Fanny Bay Candle Company is pastoral. Donalda Lauzon...

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Making an Impact

Words & diagram by John Gower
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
Building blocks of sustainability     Picture a small boy sitting on a tall drafting stool, drawing rocket ships, submarines, and houses...

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MATERIAL CREATIVE

Words by Nora Bingham
Photos by Meredith Rose
Creating beauty on the cutting edge.     When I arrived at Material Creative’s studio in Cumberland, an unseasonable rain was falling...

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Cody ‘Beaver’ LaFrance

Words by Dan LaFrance
Article photo by Sara Kempner
Gallery photos by Dan LaFrance
The evolution of a visionary carver     At the tender young age of eight, while attending Quadra Elementary School, Cody LaFrance (Beaver)...

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Painting with Fire & Soda: Ceramics of Jeff Brett

Words & Photos by Jeff Brett
Conjuring art in the midst of chaos     The kiln has been firing for six hours. Brilliant orange light is emanating from every crack in...

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If I Had A Hammer

Words by Dave Nowak
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
The Shed Tool Library & Makerspace Co-op     In the 1980s, I was living in a subdivision in the suburbs just north of Toronto. On any...

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Off-the-grid: the Beauty of Disconnecting

Words by Dave Nowak
Photo by Allan Sawchuck
Mention to someone that you want to live off-the-grid and it will conjure up images of a smoke-filled tarpaper shack, pit toilets, and diesel generators...

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Knit, connect, knit: Wolf and Faun Knits

Words by Nat Raedwulf
Photo by Ron Pogue
Connecting a community of Comox Valley crafters with the world     I’ve been a knitter most of my life. I consider it a sort of...

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More Than Good Design

Words & Photos By Jamie McCue
Dialect is a small design studio based in the Comox Valley that was created by Alex Dunae and Nik Szymanis in 2008. The duo behind Dialect builds websites, and...

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Float Your Boat: Hilmark Boats

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
Quality, handcrafted & traditional wooden boats.     In the past I have waxed poetic about the beauty of wood; how it can be shaped,...

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Water-Proofed Pioneers: Aqua Quest

Words By Dave Nowak
Article Photo By Jenn Dykstra
Gallery Photos By Lorenz Jimenez
'Wet-Coast' inspired waterproof solutions for world travels and backyward adventures.     They say necessity is the mother of all...

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Complete Combustion: Mason Heaters

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
A young mason unites modern heating challenges with ancient solutions     Since it was first discovered, fire has been heating our caves,...

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Sewing Wild: Sew What I Sew

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
A man, his sewing machine, and a passion for new experiences come together in a Cumberland business.     Adventure is dirty business. With...

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Reaching Out With Robotics

Words By Christina Wiens
From a converted classroom on the second floor of NIC’s Discovery Hall, Albert Balbon is changing the way students learn science and technology, one robot...

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Wired Watershed

Words By Tim Ennis
“Colby is a Swiss army knife. He pretty much does it all. James is our IT guy”, explains Jason (‘action’) Jackson. Collectively the three are the...

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Live/Work In Tin Town

Words by Sophie Simard
And Jared Sato
Imagine no commute to work, more time for sleep and leisurely mornings, flexible hours, no boss, more family time, time for hobbies, no packed lunches, the...

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Squeegee Valley

Words By Andy MacDougall
Intro Photo By Gordon Ross
Screen-printing is enjoying a resurgence on a worldwide scale, in part because the industrial/functional side is incorporated onto, or into so many everyday...