piece went through quite an evolution. It began when I was back in
Russel ON, saying "good-bye" to a special sister when her
son showed me a wooden puzzle he'd made of 3 pieces of 1"x1"x4",
all passing through each other. I'm fascinated by puzzles anyways,
but I was also intriqued by the clever joinery. Especially because
I had run into this situation when building timber frame houses and
returned to BC and started making a few of the puzzles and after a
while I started making them with different length pieces. Then for
some unknown reason I began tapering them. I became more and more
intrigued with the tapered shape.
me the shape represents travel, motion and reaching out. It points
to all the directions which we can roam in this realm: north, south,
east, west and up and down. If you are not a deep sea diver or astronaut
the up and down could represent our spiritual travel. I believe the
shape represents hopefulness and reaching out.
since I began making puzzles I have imagined making them in a larger
scale; probably fueled by my love of working with large timbers and
joinery. An opportunity arose in the summer of '02 to make one with
the idea of putting it out in the middle of George's farm field. I
thought it was an awesome idea, putting it in all that space filled
with buttercups and sheep.
response was a high point in my career as a woodworker/artist. I'll
never forget the feeling when two women friends stopped by Chuck's
shop (where I was working) and exclaimed " Did you seee that
spikey pointy thingy out in George's field?" And so began the
amazing list of names that people gave it. Folks would ask "What
do you call it?". But by not giving it a title it let everyone
have a chance to tell me what they thought it represented; a wonderful
experience for me as creator of the piece.
friend called it "Dave's spiritual compass" and I thought
it the perfect name. Shortly afterwards it was purchased by a David.
since made another. Sometimes I feel like Richard Dreyfus in Close
Encounters of the Third Kind: obsessed by one shape. Perhaps it's
the navigator in me. I love making them. Something special happens
when I rotate the piece and the angles, lines, facets and planes all
shift and align in new ways.
new one sits out in George's field and I dream of moving it to different
locations: the golf course, Brook's Point, the little islet in Grimmer
Bay. A community sculpture that moves from place to place, a moving
look forward to making more in various scales. Perhaps Lyle will build
a giant globe to go with one. The obsession continues; stay tuned....