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Copper Workby Augustus F. Rose
Synopses & Reviews
All too many people dream about taking a piece of sheet metal and turning it into a automobile body or a custom gas tank for their motorcycle like those bizarre (but incredibly talented) guys on television do. Dream is about as far as most people get. You'll never amount to anything unless you stop dreaming, get off your butt, and just do it. You have to make mistakes and learn form them. You can't learn to ride a bicycle by just reading a book.
Here's an interesting way to understand working sheet-metal. This high school textbook will show you how to anneal a sheet of copper and start working it on an anvil to produce a pitcher, porringer, bowl, ink pot, or a spoon. You'll learn what types of saws, hammers, and anvils to use. You'll learn how to make simple objects such as hinges and finger pulls, and then you'll graduate to box corners. You'll learn how to make rivets, draw wire and small tubing, polish, make a stamp out of tool steel, and even do some simple enameling.
So why start here? Because you can use a small inexpensive piece of copper (get it from a local sheet metal shop or gutter fabricator) and use the basic hammering techniques that Dave Gingery (and those tattooed TV guys) use to produce three dimensional shapes. You can literally learn the basic techniques on a table top using a small piece of copper which is much softer and more ductile than steel. Start small where you can make all the mistakes and then move up to the big stuff if you find it appealing.
The illustrations here are more brief than I would like, but if you use this in conjunction with the basic instructions in Dave Gingery's How to Work Sheet Metal, you'll be well on the way to power hammers and an English wheel.
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