the story of the ou

'Ou' like "Oooo, nice." 

We're located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, on Coast Salish territory, halfway between Victoria & Nanaimo. Make the trip to have a conversation about art, listen to live music, or find something special to take home with you.

We hope to share our journey with you by making an inclusive community space where together we can create and experience the wonderful world of art | current schedule of events here


a little history

Built in the 1930's by Aubrey Ash, who lived in a cabin across the creek & would use a gondola to ferry across,  'Ash Boatworks' ran until the late 80's (as far as our amateur sleuthing goes). His daughter then ran 'Miller Catering' from the kitchen, before it changed hands to become the home & workshop of Master Carpenter, Cameron Forbes. It's amazing to be able to add to this history of creative entrepreneurs, and we're thankful that the deep fir floors can tell you a part of this story through their layers of colourful resin. We're still collecting stories as they filter in from the neighbourhood; some remember "getting their rocks tumbled" here as a child, and others speak of the "kind & generous nature" of Ash's daughter, Donna. One day we hope that our neighbours will be able to tell soft stories through smiles about us too.


the ou family


Barclay martinique

barclay is a fine human with all of her limbs intact. read about her projects @

navonod rose

navonod is donovan backwards. see & read duppy's thoughts @


find us just outside of downtown duncan | 3091 Agira Road


Thank you to our community & local partners