Mastering Copper

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Copper box by Robert Taylor

Many talented artisans and crafts persons rely on OnlineMetals for the materials from which they forge treasures. One such artist, Robert Taylor, is a Master Roycroft Coppersmith and one of only 5 persons in the country to hold this title. We recently learned of his work and want to celebrate his accomplishments and inspire the community by showcasing a few of his pieces and exploring the Roycroft tradition.

The Roycroft tradition was founded by Elbert Hubbard in 1890, in East Aurora, NY during the American Craftsman era. The first crafters were printers and bookbinders. A Copper shop was added in 1905 and functioned until 1938, when in the Great Depression it was closed.  

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Copper candle holders by Robert Taylor

Today the original Roycroft campus is open for visitors, with an Inn, chapel and artists in residence.  A non-profit foundation and the Roycrofters At Large, a group formed in 1976 to revive the Roycroft tradition, manage the campus and the governing organization.

Roycroft artisans include craftspersons working in glass, wood, metals, leather, jewelry, painting, book arts and more. Members achieve varying statuses of skill and are awarded by a jury based on their work.  View more work from Roycroft At Large Association on their web site, or plan a trip to one of the Roycroft festivals if you’re in the New York area!

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Copper vessel by Robert Taylor

Information about Robert Taylor and his masterpieces in copper can be found on his web site. We love to see what the copper sheets we offer can evolve into! Enjoy!