Author Archives: Jeremy Fokkens

Slocan | Back To The Land |

The boy with the pet goat… As I continue to catch up on blog posts from May of 2015 I leave you with a chance encounter from the British Columbia Kootenays. I met Raphael while taking a short pit stop in the town of Slocan which sits directly on the south end of Slocan Lake. If […]

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Mathea Dempfle Olin | Back To The Land |

Canada has surfing? When you think of Canada you may think of hockey, cold winters, mountains, and really friendly people (or at least I do); you don’t think of surfing. Obviously Canada isn’t known for producing world-class surfers on the big stage, however our waves are starting to take notice especially in a places like Tofino. […]

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Lyndon Schiewe | Back To The Land |

Lyndon the tree-planter

Tree planting with Lyndon Schiewe in BC I met Lyndon through Brian Henderson‘s son as he operates a tree-plating business working throughout the BC Kootenays. My intention was never to go tree-planting, it was more of an opportunity that presented itself while sharing stories over a meal with Brian and his wife. Then, in less […]

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Patrick McIvor | Back To The Land

Patrick the Blacksmith Blacksmiths has been around for hundreds of years, but have you ever seen anyone forge, bend, and form metal by hand with your own eyes? Neither have I until I met Patrick McIvor. I found this man through other locals while I was staying in the town of Ymir. I was asking […]

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February 18, 2016 - 6:53 pm

Tristan I had the pleasure of learning from Patrick while in Haliburton he’s an amazing smith and a great example of how this craft will stay alive. I learned a lot from him and encourage people to take his example in pursuit of this craft including myself.

February 19, 2016 - 8:58 am

Carter Self taught??? What about going to KSA @ Selkirk College where we were in blacksmithing class together?

Brian Henderson | Back To The Land

Ymir’s most interesting man. I randomly met Brian Henderson through a series of introductions that all started with the wonderful Michelle Colley (previous blog post). After one introduction after another, a domino effect occurred and within 24 hours of arriving in Ymir, I felt as though I already knew half the town. This is how I came to […]

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February 15, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Paul Campeau Great article Jeremy, I grew up in the West Kootenays, Fruitvale to be exact. In the mid 1950’s i & my brothers & friends attended many dances in Ymir, it was a great place then as it is now. Keep up the great work.