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As an artist blacksmith I constantly attempt to forge things that I can speak through. Last year at the Rocky Mountain Smiths Conference I participated in a group project of making a sun dial. These instruments are really interesting in that they are made to measure and reference time using the sun. All of which revolves around this practice of the Creation, Life, Death and Rebirth of the sun that break up our days. Going further with this notion I attempted to create an analogy between the sun dial and a coyote skull. This sundial is a tool used for referencing time, but the fatal end is always staring at us in the face.
This piece has forged details that started out as either square bar, round bar and/or flat bar. There are two welds in total on this piece as I try to do as much traditional joinery as possible. The Coyote Skull actually balances on the piece of metal that goes inside of it. This was tricky but was satisfied with the outcome. I liked that I did not need to “mount” the skull with adhesives or any other substitutes. This also leave it open to hang other items from it, rather than the skull.
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