Four Winds is a South Dakota based business offering workshops in traditional crafts and custom cedar strip boat construction.

 It is my sincere hope that making these resources available will inspire and enhance your connection to nature. 

-Dawne Olson


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The Studio

Made at Four Winds

Chevrolet Key Holder (1)
wilderness themed ornaments (3)
twig frame (5)
framed branches (2)
Cornhuskers signb (3)
canoe ornament 1
graces lid
Trying something new.  This is my first pine needle basket.  It's not perfect but I like how it turn
I'm gearing up for a workshop on May 14_ introduction to pine needle basketry
Today I finally got my grandmother's wood stove back from the repair company.  It looks so good in t

What It's All About


At Four Winds Boat Shop there is an understanding that in a world of commercialism and high tech gadgetry it is increasingly difficult to connect with nature. My shop is here to provide an opportunity for anyone to come and build their own small craft -- canoe, kayak or perhaps a SUP  and their own wooden paddle. There are several options available to customize individual and/or group experiences. One scenario would be group participation in a multi-week course building a single canoe to learn the process and then donate the boat to raffle for a cause. Another scenario is the option to work with me one-on-one; my involvement is as much or as little as the client desires. A third scenario is when a customer works with me to choose the design and wood for their boat and I custom build it for them.

There is so much more to enjoying the outdoors than canoeing or camping.   There are several workshop options available:  building things as simple as a bluebird house or a birch bark Christmas tree canoe ornament,  (get the kids involved!)

Perhaps your interests lie in more complex traditional crafts such as making snowshoes, Adirondack chairs, sleds and other wood crafts.

For a full menu of workshops that can be customized for the individual or a group please check out the menu options above!

Did you see something on Pinterest that you want to build out of pallets?  Four Winds is here to assist you in nearly any woodworking or traditional type craft.

Get in touch with me and see what we can do to help you accomplish your dream today!

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
- William A. Ward

Then he said to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and tell the wind, "Thus says the Lord Yahweh:

Come from the four winds, breath,

and breathe on these slain, that they may live." -Ezekiel 37:9


Contact Me!  


I would love to hear from you!


  You can send me an email:


Call or text:  (605) 670-3300


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Send your registration forms to:

Four Winds Boat Shop

46562 312th St.

Vermillion, SD  57069


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