Talking Stick

A talking stick is an ancient instrument that would be passed around a group as multiple people speak in turn – whoever holds the stick can talk, while all others must listen.  This one was commissioned for a series of discussions on architecture, to be held around a fire in Oslo.

The stick is turned from oak, with a band of alternating lime and black walnut running through its centre.  A red leather cord at one end serves to identify the top, and provide a loop for hanging when not in use.

The central taper is designed to distinguish the stick from an object that might be wielded in anger, or serve a utilitarian function, and therefore reinforcing its symbolic purpose.