Working with two young fathers from Torquay we visited Torquay Museum to look at their extraordinary bronze figurines that were found in a ditch near Newton Abbot and are one of a kind in England. These small bronze figures, including a duck with a fish in it’s beak and a deer, inspired us to think about creating one bronze talisman that would ‘hold’ qualities that the father’s would like to pass onto their sons and one bronze talisman that would ‘hold’ the quality they most treasured in themselves. Choosing an animal to model based on the cave bones of huge beasts found in the caves in Torquay, they made wax figures of a cave wolf, bear, cave tiger and woolly rhino. We inserted small rolls of paper with the words they wanted the animals to represent. These tiny wax animal figures where then encased in plaster before having molten bronze (made from a propeller from an old boat) poured into them. Cracking open the plaster the men revealed their makes which then went on to be displayed at Torquay Museum as part of ‘Britain’s Oldest Human’ Exhibition with the Natural History Museum.