Artwork: Redrawing the Cast Iron Horseshoe/Heart in Hand with Symbolic Analysis
Several years ago, I acquired this cast iron trivet/plaque. Despite the damage to the dove and the rough appearance I had fallen in love with this depiction of the heart in hand. It gave the appearance that the hand was giving the heart over, while still protecting it in its gentle embrace, like cradling a small bird. It is a simple yet powerful image. The bearer is both thoughtful and generous, careful yet ready to aid others. As Odd Fellows, we cannot just help anyone who comes to altar of aid. That would cause damage to the hand that gives and the heart that loves by those who aim to take advantage of our kindness. After all, one wouldn’t want to deliver the bird right to the open waiting mouth of the clever cat. One’s heart and hand must be given only to those that truly will appreciate the gift, and care for it as their own until they are on sure footing and able to pay it forward to another.
Since I am a tattooer by trade I thought it would be cool to approach this piece as if it were a traditional Americana style. I was able to “fix” the damaged parts as well. The first degree symbols of the bundle of sticks, the bow, and quiver of arrows are now more easily made out now as well. This design is available to purchase on Zazzle. All royalties earned go to my lodge Tuscola #316.
In F, L, and T,