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Dave Nowak

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Dave was born in Ontario and spent his formative years in the Toronto suburbs. After high school he packed up his worldly possessions which consisted of a pair of skis and well worn climbing gear, and headed west to Vancouver to go to school. He quickly fell in love with the North Shore Mountains becoming obsessed with mountain biking Mount Fromme and spending his winters searching for hidden powder stashes on the back side of Mount Seymour. Ready to get out of the big city, he eventually moved to the Comox Valley in 2003 to raise a family and further fuel his obsession for outdoor living.  Dave’s writing is inspired by his passion for all things crafted by hand.

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A cabin built from the woods

Words by Dave Nowak
Photos by Caleb Hansen
CASCADIANWOODTECH     I met Cyril Werlen from cascadianwoodtech almost a year ago in our favourite coffee shop. Unbeknownst to me, this...

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A pretty Little Saturday

Words by Dave Nowak
Photos by Karley Bracey
The twisting road to Tofino.     I am not sure if Kerouac had any idea when he was writing his iconic novel On the Road, that the idea of the...

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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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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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Eclectic Tones: Joi Guitars

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
We all have a virtual playlist running through our minds that gets us from one day to the next. Music can inspire and motivate, it can lift us up, or ground us...

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The Naked Truth: Naked Bikes

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
The first bike I ever owned was a black triumph BMX with yellow gum-wall tires and matching grips. I have always wished I had kept that bike. Not to ride or...

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Recreating Nostalgia: Exquisite Auto Creations

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
North Americans love their cars. No matter how hard we try to avoid it and might hate to admit it, the automobile is an essential and integral part of our...

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Kindred Spirit: Kindred Custom Snowboards

Words By Dave Nowak
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
Three years ago I first laid eyes on a Kindred snowboard in a local sporting goods consignment store. The top sheet depicted a saw tooth mountain using wood...

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