Cedar Skies

Reclaimed wood from the Saskatchewan prairies

This artwork is my favourite woodworking piece that I’ve created, and the only one that I’m not ready to part with. This one I’m keeping for myself for now. It’s looking pretty at home hanging up on my wall.
It took a lot of planning and patience, but throughout the process I realized how obsessively in love I am with cedar. The fragrance, the colours, the grains, how easy it is to work with… I didn’t know a certain type of tree could steal my heart so much.
Coincidentally, the book I’m reading had an entire chapter on cedar and its given me a more thorough understanding on how badass this type of tree is.
Rot resistant, lightweight, water-repellent, and carrying medicinal properties it became known to the aboriginal people of North America as ‘The Tree of Life’. Remarkably, I read that its even possible to harvest a few boards of wood from a big red cedar tree without the risk of killing it because of its straight grain. That blew my mind.
The whole geometric sky in this artwork is made completely from reclaimed cedar (from my families farm) which I coated all together with a clear oil. There was absolutely no pigmented stains involved in getting all those majestic colours.
The mountains are made out of extremely old barn boards, also from my family’s farm, which have aged over the years into so many textured shades of grey.
Maybe I’ll be ready to sell this one in the future, but for now everything about it is really resonating with me.