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Western Living - - CONTENTS - Ti­mothy Dyck, Iron­worker, Van­cou­ver Jessie Blair

Ti­mothy Dyck uses tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship to make beau­ti­ful works of art.

Ti­mothy Dyck wipes beads of sweat from his fore­head as he mounts an old piece of steel on a mod­i­fied metal lathe. As the steel turns, its colour be­gins to change from black to yellow to or­ange and red. Tools scrape along the out­side of the spin­ning metal, re­fin­ing the ob­ject into a round shape. As Dyck dunks the metal ves­sel un­der­wa­ter, it re­acts with a sat­is­fy­ing siz­zle.

Born and raised in Ab­bots­ford, Dyck has forged him­self a wellestab­lished ca­reer as a black­smith, de­signer and crafts­man since first ex­per­i­ment­ing with met­al­work as a teenager. The re­pur­posed steel in the iron bowls he’s mak­ing is sourced from old log­ging camps and min­ing com­pa­nies in B.C.—a col­lec­tion he calls his Rel­e­vant se­ries. “To use this as a means to de­sign and build for today while at the same time have a deep re­spect and for con­nec­tion to our past—this is rel­e­vant de­sign,” says Dyck.—

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