wood & soft copper pipe, 40"x 18"x 18"
Up to this point I had subconsciously not worked with copper pipe for it was just too closely related to my family and their plumbing livelihood . Before that moment I still needed some level of separation.
For this piece I took 9 old porch posts and joined them together to create a mass, then rounded off the top so the form looked worn down. Next I figured out through trial and error how to get the copper pipe to become one with the wood. I came up with process of drilling holes into the wood and then driving the pipe in. From there I would bend the pipe back and forth, while beating it down, occasionally using a copper nail to hold it when needed, then making sure to fold back over the nail. I wanted only beaten copper pipe visible on the surface.
The final copper surface turned out more beautiful then I could have imagined.