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Spoon with Three Piercings – 9.5 x 3.5 x 2 – 2004 - Years ago there was a large pear tree overhanging my backyard but in a neighbor’s yard. When my neighbor removed the tree after some storm damage I asked for some of the wood. Included was a section where the yearly movement of sap had carried iron stain above and below three nails buried in the tree. I had seen this before in wood but had never tried to retain the nails in my work. In 2004 tattoos and piercings were becoming increasingly popular so I wanted to reflect that in the title. Mr. Steven’s saw this spoon unfinished in my shop during a visit and spoke for it. Recently he donated the spoon to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA where along with a letter opener it will become part of their permanent collection.  Photography by Norm Sartorius.


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