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milestone years handmade copper photo albums

by Cam Wilson
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Pictures for Posterity

For an anniversary or a friend or loved one's birthday, give a gift that preserves the warmest memories of those years you've spent together. These hand-finished copper picture journals hold 24 4 x 6 photos in their twelve acid-free black sleeves and feature an embossed cover. Designed by artisan Cam Wilson. Handmade in San Francisco.

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  • details
Handmade
Item ID
13249
Made from
copper
Measurements
6.5" L x 6" W x .25" D; 24 pages
Notes
Contains 12 sleeves for 24 photos
  • the maker
Cam Wilson

Cam Wilson

Cam Wilson of All Fours creates uniquely embossed patina copper albums.

Patina is the process of using a torch to produce a film on the metal through oxidation, which creates a weathered look.

His copper albums are warm and industrial, and one can sense the craftsmanship and love that goes into them. Wilson loves working with and forming metal, especially copper.

The process of using a torch is frustrating, he says, but it is the most rewarding part of his work. He loves the depth and painterly quality that develops from it. But by far the best part of his job is that he can spend every day working in the studio with his dogs.

Wilson was born in Palo Alto, CA, but has lived in San Francisco for the last 26 years. He splits his work between a ranch in Santa Rosa, where he does the torch work, and the three levels of a crumbling San Francisco Victorian in the lower Haight district where the assembly takes place.

He has a BA in Video Art from the California College of Art in Oakland, CA, and says if he weren't an artist he would be a video engineer.

Some of his first works were large metal sculptures made of old Cadillacs--but his current work developed after working with a jeweler and practicing with those types of tools and materials.

Wilson began using salvaged metal from a scrap yard, but now buys copper by the half-ton from a distributor. He uses recycled motorcycle inner tubes for the hinges.

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DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM
 
4.4

(based on 120 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (71)
  • Well organized (27)
  • Archival construction (21)
  • Attractive (10)
  • Unique (9)

Cons

  • Not enough pages (5)
  • Poor design (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Poor quality (3)
  • Too small (3)

Best Uses

  • Photographs (74)
  • Display (57)
  • Home (45)
  • Traditional prints (26)
  • Archive (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (46), Casual user (16), Photo enthusiast (16), Enthusiast (6), Quality oriented (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (74)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Anniversary (3), Birthday (3)

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5.0

Perfect!

By 

from Yellowstone National Park

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Archival Construction
  • Strong Construction
  • Well Organized

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM:

      A perfect gift, perhaps a tad on the small size even...great for my Parent's 50th Anniversary!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Anniversary

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Perfect for a 90th birthday celebration!

      By 

      from NC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM:

            It is difficult to find something special for a 90th birthday gift that doesn't just "take up space". This works perfectly.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Grandparent
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Birthday

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Absolutely beautiful

            By 

            from Connellsville, PA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Gorgeous
            • Strong Construction
            • Unique
            • Want One Myself Now

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Display
              • Home
              • Office
              • Photographs
              • Traditional Prints

              Comments about DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM:

              My father loved it!

              Service and delivery comments:

              Well shipped, small tear on delivery box but was so protected inside that there was no damage

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Father
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Birthday

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              50th Photo Album

              By 

              from Longmont, CO

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Construction

                Best Uses

                • Photographs

                Comments about DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM:

                disappointed that book opens right to left, but to view photos, you go up and down....seems like photo pages should be bound in and also allow viewing from left to right.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Birthday

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Unusual photo album

                By 

                from Mequon WI

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                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photographs
                    • Traditional Prints

                    Comments about DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM:

                    Special gift for a special occasion

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Other
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Anniversary

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL

                    By 

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Wedding Pictures

                        Comments about DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM:

                        I actually met Cam Wilson at the Castro Street Fair while living in San Francisco. I ordered 2 "TWO HEARTS ALBUMS" as wedding gifts for two of my nieces. They love them and have put their wedding pix in them. Today I am ordering a 90th Album so my Mom can put the pix from her 90th birthday in it for safe keeping.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Other
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Wedding

                        Comment on this review

                         
                        5.0

                        Unique gift!

                        By 

                        from Phx, AZ

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Archival Construction
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Display
                          • Home
                          • Photographs

                          Comments about DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM:

                          Perfect gift for couple who is truly hard to buy for! Thanks!!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes, Yes
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Other
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Anniversary

                          Comment on this review

                           
                          5.0

                          Fantastic Gift!

                          By 

                          from Indiana

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photographs

                            Comments about DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM:

                            The photo album was a gift for my grandmother who was celebrating her 70th birthday. She loved the album and the fact that pictures had to be printed off (as opposed to being shared online) in order to be placed in the well constucted album. I will continue to give the album as a gift!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

                            Comment on this review

                             
                            5.0

                            Copper Photo Album

                            By 

                            from milwaukee wi

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Archival Construction
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Display
                              • Home

                              Comments about DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM:

                              uncle built a castle by hand. took him 30 years to do it. also their 50th wedding anniversary, i thought the ancient type photo book would look good displayed.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

                              Comment on this review

                               
                              5.0

                              50th Wedding Anniversary

                              By 

                              from Carlsbad, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photographs

                                Comments about DECADE HANDMADE COPPER PHOTO ALBUM:

                                I bought the 50th photo booklet for my inlaws who are celebrating 50 years married. It is a wonderful booklet and very sturdy.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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