About the artist As a child growing up in central Massachusetts, I spent many hours in my dad's small repair shop watching him repair automobile radiators. He was always a tinkerer. He enjoyed camping. In the early sixties he converted an old school bus into a motor home to accommodate our family of eight. He also enjoyed antique cars, especially the "Model A" Ford. In fact, he did total restorations on two Model "A" Fords in his garage. My brothers and I caught the car bug and started messing around with cars when we were about 12 years old. I went to work in a local auto body shop until the air quality drove me to seek another profession. I got into the manufacturing of metal parts for the next 30+ years. I started as a Machine & Tool Designer and later a Quality Manager for a world leading industrial knife manufacturer. I was recently forced to early retirement for health reasons. My grandfather (on my mom's side) was a WWI veteran. He fought in the Battle of Verdun, France, one of the most important battles of "The Great War". He too was very handy. He became a sheet metal worker when he returned from service. He worked with copper on church steeples and spires and also worked with copper as a hobby. A hand hammered bowl and a copper night lamp was designed and built by him in the early 30's. So, I guess it's in my genes.
The Copper Cricket While home recovering from my third back surgery in three years, and struggling with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, my sister asked me if I could make her something for her garden out of some old copper tubing and an antique bottle that she had. I made her a dragonfly. Her friends saw it and I was encouraged to do more. Suddenly I began receiving all sorts of copper, brass, and glass things that were otherwise headed for the trash bucket. As a hobby, on days my health allowed, I played around making different things from many different materials . Initially, I gave most of what I made away as gifts to family and friends and donated some to charities. I soon realized the therapeutic benefit that this whole process provided to me. It serves as a productive distraction from the constant pain associated with my health issues. I have participated in a few juried craft shows and fairs, but I found that I am not able to do the physical labor required to transport my work. I have two children and two grandchildren. My son works in manufacturing and he too enjoys working on cars and off road vehicles. My daughter is a hard working RN and mother of my two young grandsons.
Dad With 1931 Model "A" Ford Slant Windshield Cabrolet
A copper table lamp and hand hammered copper bowl made in the 1930's by my grandfather