This catfish garden sculpture was hand formed from copper sheet metal using traditional metalsmithing techniques like raising, sinking, repousse, and chasing. The sculpture is about 3.5 feet in length. The main body was formed as two halves and TIG welded together, and the head is a third section. Fins, gills, and whiskers were created from hammered sheet metal and thick forged copper wire. The metal was initially given a liver of sulfur patina to darken some areas, but since it lives outside the patina has changed and darkened over the years. He sits as a giant guardian above a small coy pond, whose inhabitants no doubt look up and wonder what it’s all about.