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.