I am working the knee of a standing heron. I thought about making the bent leg in two halves, but decided if I brazed the lower section with the upper section of the leg I would have more control of the pose. This seems to work nicely. How about this, a copper heron with an artificial knee.
Close-up of the Knee
Temporary wires hold the pieces in place while adjusting the position of the leg. This allows me to place the leg in a pose in relationship to the rest of the body. In the straight leg there is a stainless steel rod that goes through leg and is anchored into the body. This greatly increases the load bearing qualities of the copper leg.
Tim Summerville, copper artist