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Kevin Riddle displays a sheet metal
hammer, the design for which is
from the 1800s, as is the design for
the mallet that he made.

was perfected about 200 years ago. Really, the only difference between many
modern tools and their older versions
is that the modern ones have rubber or
plastic handles. It's like once you've invented the wheel, you can't make it any
rounder."

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Next, the craftsman shows me a thin
sheet of copper, several feet long and wide.
This piece of metal will become future
pans, washtubs and apple butter kettles-
some of his primary creations. Riddle tells
me the metal came from Revere Copper, a
company Paul Revere started in the 1700s.
"It may take me a full five-day week to
turn a sheet of copper into, say, a kettle or
washtub," he says. "This is a manual operation where I have to be super-efficient
and have an A-B-C-D-type procedure. To
help me, I use books which were written 100 years ago, that contain patterns
which were created 50 years before that."
Riddle says one of his biggest challenges is how to make a decent living by practicing "the old ways in a new economy."
He adds that he has almost found that
niche where he can compete. The future?
"I figure I've got another 10 to 15 years
where I can still turn out high-quality
work," he says. "Then I'd like to be able to
pass on this knowledge to someone who
would continue this way of life."
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