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Coppersmith




A coppersmith is also a person who uses copper in an artistic form to make things such as jewelry, sculptures, plates and cookware, jugs, vases, trays, frames, rose bowls, cigarette boxes, tobacco jars, overmantels, fenders, decorative panels, challenge shields, tea and coffee pots, awnings, light fixtures, fountains, range hoods, cupolas, stills, and artwork.

Additional recommended knowledge

Coppersmiths have also been called redsmiths because of the color of the metal they work.

Famous copper styles in the UK include Newlyn in Cornwall and Keswick in Cumbria.

Coppersmith work started waning in the late 1970s, early 1980s and those in the sheetmetal trade began doing the coppersmith's work, the practices used being similar to those in the plumbing trade. Coppermiths in recent years have turned to pipe work, not only in copper but also stainless steel and aluminum, particularly in the aircraft industry. They are one of the few trades that have a mention in the Bible. (2 Timothy 2:14, Alexander the Coppersmith although later editions mention a metalworker.)

References

The standard academic work on coppersmithing is:

  • Fuller, John. The Art of Coppersmithing: A Practical Treatise on Working Sheet Copper into all Forms. Mendham, NJ: Astragal Press, 1993. (reprint of the original 1894 edition). ISBN 1879335379
 
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