You might have noticed my new photo background. It’s hella rustic, right?
It’s a pair of 50-year-old hand-cut cedar shakes that were taken off an old cow barn on Guemes Island. Some roofers dropped off a dump truck’s worth for free a few years ago. They were just going to take the shakes to the dump. They saved a lot of money by dropping them off here instead.
One of my summer projects is to pressure-wash the shakes, in preparation for re-using them as siding. It’s given me ample time to appreciate their weathered charm.
I feel like the cedar shakes are a little bit “much,” a little too contrived, a little too schmaltzy. But I’m getting a little tired of taking pictures on the white counter. They will do for now. At the very least, it’s fun to mix things up from time to time.