08 December 2010

The Copper Shop...and a Tribute

When I was a kid and everyone had to choose their favorite Beatle I was firmly in George Harrison's camp. As I grew older and more rebellious my loyalties shifted to John Lennon. His shooting and death really knocked me back 30 years ago. 

I visited My old friend Allen Green yesterday to drop off a pot I'd made for him. Allen and his dad, the Codger, have made beautiful copper lighting since the 1970's and, back in the days when I first came to Fredericksburg, they made weather vanes as well. The Codger passed away a couple of years ago and Allen still carries on their work today.
We joke these days about being the senior members of the craft community here in Fredericksburg...he being a bit longer in the tooth than I makes him our fearless leader and me #2. The shop is in a great old red brick commercial building and it is a true emporium of artifacts, tools and Fredericksburgiana!
The workshop is a bit lost amidst the stuff, but it's in there.
You can see a version of their lamp in the middle of this photo.
Allen himself.
The guitar is a weathervane and Dylan is, well, Dylan.


Hollis Engley said...

Nice, Daniel. The outside of the shop reminds me of Winchcombe.

Quietly Otaku said...

Great post, really loved the photos its nice to see this family business continuing. All too often I meet crafters whose sons and daughters just aren't interested in what they're doing.

John Bauman said...

What a wonderful post!

The guitar weathervane is freakishly coincidental...I started a story a few years ago with a vingette about making just such a piece. I'm can't believe my eyes to actually be seeing it.


The "story" got too "Tom Clancy" in its worthless detail (I can't read Clancy novels -- they read like a parts catalogue)...and it went less than nowhere. So I posted it and then un-published it.

Linda Starr said...

What a great workshop; great the tradition is continuing. I've always loved seeing the weathervanes with their patinas on rooftops. Lennon, Dillon, some great memories for me.

kimba said...

Love to you and to Allen!

Matt Grimmitt said...

Merry Christmas Dan,

Here's to Happy and Prosperous 2011 for you too.