Copper is chosen for its’ durability and resistance to salt air (same material selected for the Statue of Liberty). Glass is chosen for its’ color, uniqueness and durability. The Wind Sculptures are mounted on a 1 ½ inch copper heavy walled pipe, length (or height) to be determined by one’s needs. They are built using ½ inch precision ground stainless steel shaft and ride on stainless steel marine type bearings. There are copper "cups" integrated into the design to protect the bearings from water wash out. Installation requires that an aluminum pipe (provided) be set in a concrete pad. The copper Wind Sculpture pole then slides on the aluminum pipe. In the event of a wooden deck a quality umbrella stand (not provided) may be used but must be lagged down. Pictured are a few designs that are available. Custom orders always welcome!
Combining the elements of Copper and Glass in my designs makes my work Unique.
I design and fabricate each piece personally.
Blown Glass is our process. It starts as clear Crystal and frits are rolled into it for color and pattern. The frits come from two companies in Germany, the same as Dale Chihuly. According to Chihuly, they are the best in the world. While the glass is still hot it is fumed with titanium, a Tiffany technique with a space age metal. It was chosen for its overall reflection and iridescence. The quality of the glass blowing is determined by not only the thickness but also its overall uniformity. In other words, it is thin and uniform from its center to the edge. I got together with my friend and fellow artist Ron Hinkle, owner of Dying Art Glass Works in West Virginia. I had the design and Ron had the expertise to help me put it together.
In places where I have determined to use glass I use a brass bolt. To secure the glass I use neoprene rubber washers and an industrial machinery knob with a brass insert.