ADDRESS Interview with Timothy Dyck.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I call myself an artist blacksmith, but I’m hesitant to use those words as there is this presumption that I make horseshoes and nails. Which couldn’t be further from what I do. It’s true I work in a very old craft, but I only use the processes and techniques of blacksmithing to drive work that is designed and relevant for today.
Describe your creative process. For me its always been how its made. It has taken me along time to really understand that the process of how something is made is just as important as the finished piece. This is something that I’ve seen in myself right from the beginning, but never acknowledged or understood it. Not that I fully do now, either. Basically my creative process is how I work with steel that is heated to a semi molten state and then shape it to accentuate this state. Sometimes the process is controlled or more guided, but always done with my hands in a way that if I was removed from the process, the work would not come about. This is very important to me.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? As of late, I seem to gain new thoughts and inspiration from observing how different craftsmen and artisans approach their materials. Wood, clay, glass etc require completely different mindsets and processes that I am native to. Sometimes these can be modified and adjusted to my work giving inspiration to new thoughts.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? If you’re anything like me, all the emphasis is on the work and everything else gets neglected. Being focused on the work isn’t a bad thing, but at the end of the day we are running a business, so my recommendation is no matter if your just starting out, hire a bookkeeper and accountant. It can save you a lot of headache and time down the road.
What’s your dream project? It constantly changes. Right now I’m dreaming of making a very very large bowl from reclaimed steel. That would challenge the process and my physical boundaries. I also have a 11,000 lb 1950s power hammer that I have been meaning to set up in the shop – it really is a dream project and hoping to have it set up soon…