I was down at the local timber yard the other week getting some fence posts. Before leaving, I asked the lady who runs the outfit whether she had any spare offcuts for firewood. She directed me to a place around the corner where a number of sacks laden with timber pieces lay sadly propped. She said I could take one of those if I liked. They were just waste anyway. So off I went with posts and a bag full of whatever. Later I was chopping some of the wood up for kindling when, at the bottom of this sack, lay five blocks of pine. They had obviously been chopped off as waste from a job, and discarded to be burnt. These were/are lovely bits of wood, rich in grain and colour. I lay them out and over the next few days contemplated, albeit not too consciously what I could do with them. I picked them up, felt them, looked at them, arranged them in various configurations and decided that I would design a sculpture with them. I sanded the blocks and oiled them with teak oil before joining two together to form symbolic figures meeting over a table. I think of the piece as an exploration of how we see and experience relationship and the space/coming together dynamic that drives all meetings. Its called Communion. I may never do another sculpture but at least I’ve done one!