3 1/4"D 32"W 12"H
Each tooth, cut one after another along the thin line of pale sapwood as it abuts the dark heartwood grain, accentuates the fragility of a lean slice of Walnut as it meets the heft of a cold iron handle. This particular handle design, sand cast from the wood original by Michael and his sister, leans towards the ornate, with leaf fronds twining around the grip.
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 27 inch by 7 inch saw 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.