Walnut and Iron Hammer

Black Walnut, Cast Iron

3 1/4"D 12"W 20"H

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If no other tool resides in one’s home, it is the necessary, the ubiquitous carpenter’s hammer. Carved from a solid piece of black walnut from the smooth arc of the forked claw to the hourglass like circular head, the piece culminates in the joining of iron and wood made manifest in the traditional wedge or ‘eye’ atop the tool head which a fixes one material to another.
Hand tools, both as implements of work and as symbols of a trade, are deeply entrenched in the physical and psychological construction of our history. Their place in our past is secure; however, their future appears less certain. Will these tools become curiosities of our collective past?
Utility -as a body of 12 sculptures- is a depiction of objects designed for function alone. The reversal of materials, while rendering their function, is an exploration of the meaning of those materials and their literal strengths and weaknesses. From carving each head to sand-casting each handle, this series is an homage to hand tools, their construction and function.
Each piece is 1:1 rendering of the respective tool. The 13 1/2 inch by 6 inch carpenter's hammer is mounted to the handmade frame with structural posts, painted out white like the background of the shadow box. The narrow Walnut frame includes a subtle reveal of wood around the inside on the box before it meets crisp, matte white paint.