The shop I work in has a good Coopersmith, in fact one of the best I have ever seen. He is one of few coopersmith's that I have seen use old soldering irons to solder cooper overhead. I have seen him do it for copper gutters and stuff.
Still I could not imagine why anyone would want to use copper for anything ornamental. The stuff tarnishes in an amazing amount of time and will turn this whitish to greenish tinted tarnish in no time flat. I am thinking you really want Brass, and even then that will tarnish.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"