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Old 01-24-2015, 01:15 PM
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Default Dads Copper Work...(fireplace)

Hope this is the right place to post in here, not my fabrication, but I figured maybe some of you would like to see it.

My dad was a roofer and enjoyed working with copper. His work is still around today and it gives me inspiration every time I see it. Although he is gone, he still makes me want to be a better "craftsman" and fabricator. So...every year, out comes the ladder, the polish, and a bunch of rags to make his work shine.

For polish, Dad swore by "NeverDull" and cheese cloth. This was a workout for both of us, but not wanting a smack upside the head, I did it his way. After he passed and it was up to me, I found "Mothers Mag and Aluminum" polish worked better. This piece takes me 8-10 hours and is all done by hand.

Our fireplace:
Pic 1 before polish, pic 2-3during, pic 4-5 after.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:20 PM
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His copper work on the "Spreckles" mansion roof in SF. He did the chimney tops. No I am not going to polish those...don't like heights.
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Old 01-24-2015, 05:07 PM
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Roofing with copper is a lost art, as well as being out of reach for most.
But it is sure long lasting.
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I love the patina of copper. Beautiful stuff toploader
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Beautiful work, Pricey I'm sure, but very nice.
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Old 01-25-2015, 02:59 PM
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Nice to have something your dad crafted. As for the ten hrs of polishing I would be more inclined to go with the natural patina look, unless that was the way dad wanted it. My cousin did that type of work on many of the old buildings in Milwaukee, very talented guy also and just retired last year. Mike
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:33 PM
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Thanks guys, I do like the patina it gives off as well. Dad liked to have it shined up for the holidays so I just keep it up. Kind of a tradition I guess.
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Beautiful work.. How long was your Dad a copper worker? Was he a roofer, or copper smith?
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Beautiful work.. How long was your Dad a copper worker? Was he a roofer, or copper smith?
Thank you Jennifer, he was mainly a roofer but did copper when the customer wanted something done. Digging around I found the old strips with the holes punched out. Remnants of when the buttons where made for the fireplace. Mom said they were all done by hand.
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:08 PM
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Toploader next time your going to polish copper get a bottle of White Diamond multi-purpose metals polish, I don't know whats in it but I polished some aluminum plate in my Cobra replica in 2003 when I sold it last fall the plates were still shiny, once a year I'd just take a soft cotton wiper and give it a good wipe down, still shiny after all these years, I've also polished copper tubing same results, I gave some to friend who is polishing his steam whistles same results still shiny after having steam and moisture blown thru them.
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