Monthly Archives: February 2012

Oh To Be Copper

Image of Fold forming copper sample
4 x 5 inch sample of hammered and formed sheet copper

Recently I began adventuring into the process of hammering and forming copper with the new tools I mentioned in a recent post.   It is the start of an amazing journey and as I often do, I find analogies between sculpting and broader life experience.   With a bit of hammering and bending of a piece of thin soft copper, a beautiful rich landscape emerges.  I think it’s the same for us as human beings.  We start with almost no form or character,  but as we undergo both the gentle shaping and hard hammering of life, we transform. We become rich.  If we are lucky we retain the ability to anneal, to re-soften and re-form like copper.  To become more and more beautiful.  Oh…..to be like copper.