Iron Sharpens Iron

17” H x 12” W x 12” D

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In the culture of the Plains Indians some 150 years ago, a boy would be introduced to the bow and arrow very early in his life.  Helping him to understand the rudimentary process of correctly fitting the arrow to the bow, a father kneels over his young son and the scene is that of bonding and affection between the two.  As my sculpture depicts this event, it also lends itself to an even bigger story.

The deeper side is that the bow and arrow represent food and protection for the whole tribe.  For these early Indians, the process of mentoring related directly to the survival and prosperity of the people.  Together, this very young boy and his father create equilibrium where the skill and knowledge of the boy will not only impact the teacher, but the rest of the tribe as well.  For in this sculpture, the boy represents the future, his father and mentor the present, here they are equals: Iron Sharpens Iron.

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