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Announcement    I am back and taking orders. Not every trip is stellar fishing but I certainly found a lot to write about on this last trip. Looking forward to sharing my newer spool designs I have been playing with soon too.


Last updated on Aug 6, 2021

I am back and taking orders. Not every trip is stellar fishing but I certainly found a lot to write about on this last trip. Looking forward to sharing my newer spool designs I have been playing with soon too.



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Dennis Vander Houwen

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About TenkaraPath

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On Etsy since 2016

Tenkara Path Supports Simplicity and Makes a Difference.

Welcome to the Tenkara Path Store.

Tenkara Path is the storefront for artist and creator of cool things, Dennis Vander Houwen. Dennis is kind of a "Jack of many trades". This etsy store is where he sells his unique and useful creations. To learn a little more about Dennis maybe it would be best to tell you about him through the kinds of items you will find in this store.

What is Tenkara?
Tenkara is a unique style and technique of fly fishing that originated in Japan. It focuses on keeping things simple with a rod, a line and a fly. There are no reels in tenkara fishing. Instead there are very long rods. Originally these rods were made of bamboo but they have been modernized into telescoping graphite and carbon composite rods that are supple and very portable. Dennis was one of the early adopters of this style of fly fishing that focuses repeatedly on the practicality of minimalism. Tenkara inspired Dennis to create the special, all in one, line holder/fly box spools that you see in this store. He is also the author of the blog TenkaraPath.com. To learn more about tenkara visit his blog or go to www.tenkarausa.com

Dennis is also a Magician.
In his youth Dennis enjoyed magic as a hobby. He came into it almost by accident after being honorably discharged from the Army. He was an army photographer and did combat photography during the Gulf War. While he was stationed in Germany he found magic again while photographing street performers. After completing his service he worked for a while as a photographer but found a job with an entertainment booking agency that would lead to his own business, entertaining restaurant patrons with magic. Dennis has been performing for over 28 years now. He has created many original magic effects and delighted thousands of audience members. His interest in magic and the art surrounding it influenced his pursuit of turning his own wands on a lathe. He has created hundreds of wands for magicians and wizards alike. He will post some of his wands here on this store.

Dennis is a practicing minimalist. This does not mean he lives an austere life owning nothing but rather that he sees more value in life experiences than he does things that he accumulates. His minimalism is rooted in his meditation practice, Ikigai, (google it) and embracing tenkara. The idea is not to own nothing, but rather to own only those things that you really need or that add to your life. Minimalism is not for everyone but can be beneficial for anyone. Minimalism makes you look at the world a little differently. You find that you can not just get by with less but that you may even find yourself happier. Minimalism of course embraces being frugal and environmentally friendly. All of the products sold on Tenkara Path are sourced from recycled, reclaimed or responsibly harvested materials.

What is this store really about?
Tenkara Path etsy store serves to help fund the minimalist lifestyle that Dennis has adopted. He has created this store as a place for him to make a little supplemental income that allows him to donate his time as a volunteer. The money raised through this shop allows Dennis to spend two full days a week mentoring at risk elementary students. Your purchases help support him in his art and in his service to his local community.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know Dennis and TenkaraPath etsy shop a little more.

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  • Dennis Vander Houwen

    Owner, Creative Wood Turner, Maker Of Cool Stuff

    A creative wood turner and creator of useful things. Dennis is a practicing minimalist, a professional magician and avid tenkara fly fisherman. Living South of Denver, Colorado with his wife, son, a dog and a barn cat who thinks his house is a barn.

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