I was approached by Rekindle New Zealand, to participate in their ‘Whole House Reuse’ – a project whereby artists and artisans used the salvaged materials from an entire house condemned following the Christchurch Earthquake of 2010/11 http://www.rekindle.org.nz/collections/sponsor-whole-house-reuse
It took some 60 hours of rudimentary carving and whittling to faithfully recreate an uppercase bold fount of a Day&Collins typeface, in side-grain from a thicknessed plank of NZ Rimu.
Onboard hand luggage restrictions meant my mate Steve could only bring a couple of small lengths. My synopsis was therefore slightly limited, and determined by the words to be printed with the type.
My Swiss army knife is a little worn down, though amazingly I managed to keep all my fingers. I have a new appreciation for those that went before and who did this day in and day out to earn a crust.
If you are reading this and down-under, the exhibition is being held in the Canterbury Museum and runs from June 5th- August 23rd 2015
Photos courtesy of Jake Green