Dave Kasprick, who has been forging steel hearts to give out to his community. (News file photo)

COVID-19: Vancouver Island man forges hearts for his community

Dave Kasprick has already given out approximately 400, plans to make it 600

Dave Kasprick has made 400 steel hearts to give away, and he has plans to create hundreds more.

Kasprick, who owns Red Cod Forge in Nanoose Bay, has been hanging hearts at the end of his long driveway for people to pick up and take home for the past 10 days, and plans to do so for the next four. He figured he’ll have created some 600 steel hearts when he’s finished.

“I do it a couple times a day, I hang 20 or so hearts out and people come and they just pick one,” he said. “They go fast, it’s amazing how quickly they go.”

View this post on Instagram

My work bench #Artmetal #blacksmithartist #hearts

A post shared by Red Cod Forge (@redcodforge) on

It’s part of a global movement of people placing hearts in their windows or outside their houses — an act to show support and unity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the social isolation that comes along with it.

“There was a lady at the end of our road who said, ‘wouldnt it be fun to put some hearts around our little neighbourhood for the kids to come and try and find?’ And I had a couple hearts that I’d made,” he said. “Then I thought I’d go from there and keep doing it.”

The original plan was to make 40 or so hearts that the people in his neighbourhood could pick them up and have to hang in or outside their homes. But, the job grew quickly and soon people were coming from farther away to grab a heart.

READ MORE: Nanoose Bay studio giving back to their community

“Now they’ve travelled from as far as Victoria, Ladysmith, Comox,” he said. “Now people are taking some hearts and sending them to their parents on the mainland.”

Kasprick said it’s been great to see the community be excited about the hearts while remaining respectful.

“It’s been really cool… our house is 600 feet from the road,” he said. “It’s been really interesting to see cars pull up and sometimes two or three will pull up and they all wait for the folks to get their heart, and then they get out, so everyone is really practising the social distancing.”

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

CoronavirusParksvillequalicum beach

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jen Hodge conducts an online concert during the pandemic after returning to B.C. from New York City. Photo courtesy Claudia Nobauer
Canada Recovery Benefit won’t replace the magic of live performance, musicians say

Cash will help, but its the audience connection that most performers miss — and crave

Mary Fox’s new book My Life as a Potter is available at bookstores nationwide. (Cole Schisler photo)
My Life as a Potter raises funds for Mary Fox Legacy Project

Acclaimed Vancouver Island potter’s story raising money for developing artists

Premier John Horgan and Rob Douglas, BC NDP candidate for Cowichan Valley, meet with Cowichan First Nation elders, as they demonstrate spearfishing along the river. (Submitted)
Horgan acknowledges A&E sector hit hard by COVID-19, but showing signs of recovery

Hollywood North doing better than Hollywood South, Horgan says

Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.
The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens

Some events cancelled due to COVID-10 but 12 Days of Christmas will brighten the season

Gatineau artist Michèle Provost visits the Malaspina Galleries during her artist residency on Gabriola Island. (Photo supplied)
Gatineau artist the first to take part in new Gabriola Island artist residency

Michèle Provost to create art book reflecting on the positives of aging

Legendary Vancouver-based blues and jazz guitarist and vocalist Jim Byrnes will perform live at the Tidemark Theatre in a concert that will also be streamed. Contributed photo
Legendary blues musician and actor Jim Byrnes hits the Island

Playing Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre for a hybrid live/online show

Dinner shows in the Playbill Dining Room are keeping the Chemainus Theatre going during the pandemic. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Dinner events satisfying for the Chemainus Theatre and patrons

Small groups enjoy entertainment and the food in the Playbill Dining Room

Kent Laforme looks through the sound tunnel, or visual portal, carved inside the 25,000-pound marble sculpture that could be installed at Cattle Point. (Screen Shot, Oakbay.ca video)
Kent Laforme looks through the sound tunnel, or visual portal, carved inside the 25,000-pound marble sculpture that could be installed at Cattle Point. (Screen Shot, Oakbay.ca video)
Stone Takaya sculpture could soon ‘howl’ at Cattle Point

Oak Bay inviting public suggestions for 25,000-pound marble sculpture

The Sid Williams Theatre marquee is once again proudly displaying upcoming events. Photo supplied
Courtenay’s Sid Williams Theatre reopening in a limited capacity

Theatre has been closed since March due to COVID-19

Nanaimo-based ceramic artist Joe Lyons is presenting his first solo exhibition, ‘Poppin Bottles Soda Distraction,’ at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts from Oct. 26 to Nov. 12. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-based ceramic artist showcases variety of bottles in first solo show

Joe Lyons presents ‘Poppin Bottles Soda Distraction’ at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts

Toronto poet Robert Priest is presenting an online reading on Oct. 24. (Photo courtesy Allen Booth)
Nanaimo spoken word society presents online reading by prolific Toronto poet

Robert Priest to dip into 40-year catalogue for upcoming Zoom reading

Most Read