One to Watch: Timothy Dyck at IDS Vancouver’s Studio North
Timothy Dyck transforms old forgotten pieces of iron and steel into beautifully designed accessories for your home.
Timothy Dyck wipes beads of sweat from his forehead as he mounts an old piece of steel on a modified metal lathe and gets it spinning. As the steel spins, 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 well-established career as a blacksmith, designer and craftsman. 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 connection to our past—this is relevant design,” says Dyck.
Dyck remembers a passion for blacksmithing reaching back as early as age 13. People noticed the quality of his workmanship and he started receiving custom orders that kept him busy after school and during summer holidays. “Craftsman work is something we’re needing in our mass-produced society,” he says. “I want to bring a piece of B.C. history into people’s homes.”
Catch Timothy Dyck at IDS Vancouver’s Studio North
When: September 28 to October 1
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
For more of his work, head to timothydyck.com.