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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