October 18, 2018

Repairing My Antique Lead Planters

I love urns filled with tropical plants. As many of you know, I have a rather sizable collection of tropical specimens at my Bedford, New York farm. I also have a growing collection of beautiful planters available on QVC - take a look at them by clicking anywhere on this highlighted link.

This season, as the outdoor grounds crew works hard to get all the potted plants indoors before the first true frost, I decided it was also a good time to take stock of all the planting vessels and repair those that had been dented over the years - among them, several of my antique lead planters. Lead garden ornaments are some the earliest ever made. Lead is a soft, very dense and heavy metal, which dents easily - my idea was to use a source of heat to soften it just enough, so it could be reshaped - and it worked excellently! Yesterday, my grounds crew foreman, Chhiring Sherpa, took on the task of fixing these very precious containers.

Enjoy these photos.