Cedar Shavings by Dawne Olson

Late Autumn this year was the beginning of a new experience for me, learning to work with hand tools to create my own canoe made of cedar. Of course I have not abandoned my other favorite hobby entirely. My camera is always near at hand as I have documented various stages of the build. This image was taken just a few days into my experimentation with a new block plane. All I did was take a scrap piece of lumber and started fiddling with the plane until I had it figured out. When I sat it down and looked at the beautiful pile of shavings on the table I grabbed this picture. Now, several months into the winter, with my canoe nearly finished and those golden days of Autumn well behind me, I look at this picture of those cedar shavings and feel such warmth and affection for the beauty that cedar has added to my life! Uploading this image now in particular as a tribute to all of the wood workers out there — whatever your craft — who have discovered, as I have, a deeper appreciation for the smell, feel, and look of natural wood.


  • Yool
    Yoolabout 5 years ago

    Awesome capture my friend !!!!

  • Thanks! Its been such a long winter! It was 60 degrees the day I photographed this and I wish I could have captured the warmth and smell of that day as well!

    – Dawne Olson

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love the tones and texture in this image! Well done Dawne!

  • Thank you Robin! I love the golden hue too! (That yellow in the background was an apple I was saving for later!)

    – Dawne Olson

  • DesImages
    DesImagesabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful colours and composition!

  • Thank you Denise! I appreciate that

    – Dawne Olson

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 5 years ago

    How beautiful! Love your statement and tribute! The golden glow of the image is captivating! Congratulations on your canoe Dawne! Looking forward to some eventual photos from it!

  • Thank you Joanne! Its coming along… I am going to start weaving the cane for the seats this week! I’ll surely be posting some pictures on RB when I launch it for the first time!

    – Dawne Olson

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 5 years ago

    Wow your making your own canoe..how inspiring that is..and this is such a great shot, very cool textures.

  • Thank you Kim! It has been quite an experience! I appreciate your visit!

    – Dawne Olson

  • walela
    walelaabout 5 years ago

    Super shot!

  • DryFlyPhoto
    DryFlyPhotoalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Dawne. It is amazing that the value of the leftovers can be so grand.

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