Table of Contents
Insights || Colin Whyte

Look under the covers at America’s greatest book store.

Playlist || Malcolm Johnson

Golden Dust, Dirt, Rust & Trust: A Pick Up Worth of Sound for the Soul.

Insights || Lisa Richardson

Growing up & growing pains: Can a garden town all get along?

Conversation || Zaria Forman

From Brooklyn to the ends of the earth, a compelling artist with a chill perspective dives deep into details.

Reflections || Trevor Komori

Forge on! Meet the man with a fire for recycling.

Legacy || Full Press Staff

Father, Son & the Whole Case of Scotch.

Insights || Andrew Findlay

Sometimes a cure is closer than you think.

Get hammered: an ancient art breathes new life into old objects.

From Garbage to Gallery

Reflections || Trevor Komori

A Vancouver Island blacksmith sources his world-class metal from the trash.

Filmmaker Trevor Komori lives in Vancouver, B.C. |

For blacksmith Dave J. Friesen, the process of turning molten metal into collectable fine art is as malleable as the steel he hammers away at. It’s also as unpredictable. “When I start a project, I’ll often have only an idea of the type of blade I want to make,” the swordsmith says from his Errington, British Columbia, forge on Vancouver Island. “The process of making the blade is long, and when you near the end, the blade may still crack ... and it’s ruined.”

Friesen began making swords in 1990. Most of his raw material is sourced from worn-out tools, dilapidated farm machinery and reclaimed sawmill equipment. Even the softwood charcoal he uses to fuel his forge is handcrafted in small batches from scrap wood.

“Any time you work with real materials, they’re going to do things you didn’t think they were going to do,” he explains. “That’s part of being an artist, I think. You must flex with that stuff. But if you’re willing to flex, you’ll come out with something that’s even more interesting.”

Blacksmith Dave J. Friesen at the Parkville Museum, B.C., where he is an artist in residence. Photo: Full Press staff.