Bronze and Granite Fountain by Keith Farley

The fountain seen in the pictures below has been made of bronze and granite. Rather than having been produced as a bronze casting, the bronze has been hammered to form with the resulting pieces being closely fit and tightly bound prior to connecting the assorted parts through the bronze brazing process.

The method by which the metal is formed and assembled is broadly referred to as shell structure, often referred to as anticlastic raising and/or synclastic raising. The particular approach was in at least large part pioneered and championed by Heikki Seppä, who taught this process at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri until the time of his retirement. I have Heikki to thank for sharing his vast knowledge and inspiration
regarding this process. This method of handling the metal provides the distinct advantage of requiring a lot less bronze than would the cast bronze counterpart, particularly given the current market for copper and bronze which is lofty. The bronze has been left to acquire its own patina and has developed a very pleasant and even reddish-brown color.

The granite basin was carved from a single solid block. A recess in the stone allows for the introduction of a small submersible pump intended for use in a fountain. When inquiring about this particular piece, please make reference to fountain1. The telephone number and tab to initiate an email are located at the top of the page. Otherwise, the email address is

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bronze and granite fountain
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