OUR STAFF

Dan Wowak

Owner

Hometown: Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania

What is your favorite piece of gear to take in the woods? My Russian trappers axe, but I feel naked without my belt pouch!

Would you rather sleep in a hammock or on the ground? Ground

Would you rather a hamburger or hot dog over the campfire? HOT DOGS all day!

What is your favorite campfire food? I love a hearty stew with a good beer.

Rumor in the woods has it that you and hiking don't vibe well. Is this true? This is very true! Here's the thing. I am very goal driven and when I go on a hike I literally get obsessed with getting to the end. I would rather trail run than walk the trail. It's too slow paced for me and beautiful landscapes and views never did anything for me. I have friends that love that stuff. They can stand and feel empowered and motivated by a nice overlook meanwhile I'm digging around in the woods to find something new. I think I"m more into the micro than macro when I go outside. I love finding a specific branch to make something with or focusing on a specific knot rather than walking around and enjoying what's around.

Favorite camp meal you ever made with Mike? When we still had the wall tent at the school property, Mike and I made homemade french fries cooked in lard. We had to use the wood stove in the tent and in order to get the oil hot enough we had to really get it going. It was so hot we were stripped down to our underwear eating the french fries. The vision of that wasn't too appealing, but the french fries were kick ass!

What is your favorite beverage you ever drank with Kian? Lancaster Brewing Company Pumpkin Cream Porter!

Is there anything that reminds you of Sara when you see it? Nothing that I see, but when the Hall and Oates song, Sara comes on I think of Sara. That's only because she sings it all the time at classes. Weird flex on her part, but whatever, we like her being around!

Why don't you bring your own food camping instead of stealing Mike's? Mike brings better food. It's always exciting to get something different. When I go shopping, I buy the same food or I buy stuff like I'm going on a strict diet and it's never enjoyable. Plus, I don't have time for shopping.

How long can you go without a Monster Energy Drink? Not long...actually I need one now!

Brooke Wowak

CEO

Hometown: Shamokin, Pennsylvania

Do you really think you are the CEO of the company? Umm...yes! Don’t you?

Would you rather a smore or a marshmallow? Definitely a marshmallow...burnt!

What is your favorite part of a camping trip? My favorite part of a camping trip is waking up early and drinking coffee...and eating delicious food!

Would you rather thrusters or the assault bike? This question is easy...thrusters all day, everyday!

Would you rather buy shoes, pants, or shirts for camping? SHOES, SHOES, SHOES!

What is your favorite type of pizza? Susie’s homemade rendition of Detroit pizza!

Susan Wowak

Warehouse Manager

Hometown: Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania

What is your favorite part of camping? Sitting around the campfire.

What is your favorite Coalcracker Bushcraft product? Haversack

What is it like working for Dan? Never a dull moment. Always moving forward with new ideas. I love that!

How do you like your campfire marshmallows? Black

What is your favorite campfire meal? Breakfast with eggs, home fries, and lots of BACON! And of course the coffee!!

Would you rather answer customer service emails or phone calls? Emails

What is the worst part of packing orders? Folding the boxes.

Jake Mogish

Bladesmith

Hometown: Frackville, Pennsylvania

How did you meet Dan? In the Kool-Aid aisle at Walmart.

What is your favorite beer to drink? Anyone that is cold.

What is your favorite knife that you make?  The New Era

Would you rather cut knife profiles or heat treat knife blades?  I would rather cut profiles.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Shooting

Would you rather pizza or wings?  Wings

What is your favorite food cooked over the campfire?  Pepperoni

What is your favorite knife grind? The Bushman Grind

Alex Thomas

Head of Operations

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Hometown: Etters, Pennsylvania

What is your favorite season and why? Winter is my favorite but i enjoy spring and fall too. I love snow and the peacefulness it provides in the woods. No people, no bugs, just quiet fluffy goodness. I'm not a fan of summer. It's to hot and i can only take off so many clothes before it becomes illegal.

What do you enjoy most about being outdoors?Getting away from everything life throws at you. There is always an adventure and something new to see outdoors.

What is your all-time favorite beer? This is a tough one... There's so many good ones but currently i'd have to go with Coors light. Geeze even as i type the name i get a bad taste in my mouth. For real though, probably Deuce Juicy from Evergrain Brewing.  

Axe, knife, or saw? Knife

Word has it that you live in an ambulance…is this true? If the boss would let me work remotely i would absolutely live in my ambulance. Until then, it's just our emergency getaway vehicle.

Do you prefer ultralight or traditional? I'm more towards the ultralight modern gear but i do love some traditional items too. It all has it's place and it depends on the adventure ahead.

What is your favorite outdoor adventure? Can there even be a favorite? I have to many hobbies and all of them have to do with the outdoors and i love them all. Backpacking, overlanding, slackline/highlining, cycling, and the list can go on and on.

Which do you prefer, ambulance camping or overland with your jeep?Ultimate goal is to have a 4x4 ambulance with the Jeep in tow so i don't have choose. For now, the jeep is great for those really tough trails and the ambo is better for longer trips.