Bored, Ironing

Ironing board sculpture close up

Sea-worn ash plank, stainless steel box section, plus the artwork ‘Dangle Iron’.



This ironing board was devised as a specific artwork for the ground floor interior at Ever Garden. The Iron ('Dangle Iron') however was first made as an exploratory studio piece.

The ‘board’ used is one of several ash planks worn into points that were brought up from the sea depths off the West Wight during a storm in 2017. It was later discovered they could be from the same once freshly sunken 'treasure' that provided the ash for the trusses in the roof at the cottage when it was converted from thatched to clay peg tile in the mid 80s. A task undertaken by Archie Trickett who was born and grew up at the cottage. An ingredient with a unique combination of social and built history.

Joined to specially made supporting legs, it references the domestic past of the room and resolves the sometimes peculiar machinery of housework into sculptural form.

The Making Process

The form of the legs were developed working with the ash plank in situ and later translated to scale drawings.

Stainless steel was chosen as one of the ‘theme’ materials in use at the cottage (referencing Archie Trickett’s multiple uses of recycled stainless steel) and to provide a contrast to the ash.

Working with bought in rectangular box section steel from scratch, the sections were cut and welded in the workshop using a tig welder, the evidence of which is largely ground away to a brushed finish, keeping the odd corner parts showing the heat discolouration.

The ash plank was then fixed at its balance point and has had a number of circular holes drilled to receive ‘Dangle Iron’ allowing for it to be lifted, but not removed.

Once lifted, the pattern in the ash plank’s surface can be seen that resembles the steam holes of an iron, also referencing the ‘historic’ woodworm holes around the place.

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