Praying Mantis Stake

Catherine Murphy crafts her playful praying mantis from hand-shaped mottled copper pieces.
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Catherine Murphy

$58.00

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Catherine Murphy

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Captivated by copper's warm, autumnal color and its malleable qualities, Catherine Murphy and her team have transformed this ubiquitous metal--used to create American's smallest coinage, the penny--into one-of-a-kind artworks. Using a hammer, vise, anvil, and oxy-acetylene torch, they fold, forge, and anneal copper transforming it into a three-dimensional interpretation of a playful praying mantis. Propped on an extra tall garden stake, this rare critter will be easy to spot as he peers over your yard or garden, greeting visitors with his enchanting, hand-crafted character. Handmade in North Carolina.

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Made in North Carolina

Catherine Murphy

created by

Catherine Murphy

location

North Carolina

Growing up in a military family, Catherine Murphy spent her childhood discovering new places around the world and every locale's characteristic outdoor sites. Each time she sits down to create a new piece, however, the metalworker pictures it living in her favorite place in the world: "a fabulous garden," she says, adding that she's "amazed and inspired by life in the garden.”

Her nature-themed wire copper sculptures only serve to make the green spaces themselves more amazing. In fact, it’s that merging of her two loves that "feeds my soul and keeps me motivated," she says. And if the North Carolina resident ever gets stuck, all she needs to do is go outside. "When those moments come up, my go-to spot is a bench by the river," she says. "Living in the mountains and working beside a river make for a wealth of inspiration."

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
copper
Measurements
8.5" L x 6" W x 9" H; Stake: 36" H
Care
Finished with a clear coat, designed for year-round outdoor use.
Item ID
21592

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UncommonGoodsPraying Mantis Stake
 
4.7

(based on 117 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (104)
  • Easy to secure (63)
  • Visible at A distance (60)
  • Weather proof (49)
  • Unique (4)

Cons

  • Bends/blows away (4)

Best Uses

  • Garden (89)
  • Back yard (68)
  • Front yard (63)
  • Porch (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (87), Budget shopper (10), High-end shopper (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (89), No (20)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (64), Other (19), Birthday (16), Mother’s day (6)

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5.0

I would recommend this product to any one

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from Allegan, Michigan

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back Yard
    • Front Yard
    • Garden

    Comments about UncommonGoods Praying Mantis Stake:

    This was a 7th year anniversary gift. It is very well made. I was surprised as to just how good this item looked and was made. Wife loved it!!

     
    5.0

    This is so unique. Every time I look at it, I smile

    By 

    from Colorado

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Secure
    • Visible At A Distance
    • Weather Resistant

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about UncommonGoods Praying Mantis Stake:

        Garden and indoor plants

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Other
         
        4.0

        Really cute but a little overpriced

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        from Sun Lakes, Az

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Secure

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Back Yard
          • Front Yard
          • Garden
          • Porch

          Comments about UncommonGoods Praying Mantis Stake:

          She had purchased this for her father and wanted one for herself. I gave it to her this past
          Christmas and she loved the piece. I would like to get her the flower with the pennies in the center, but it is way overpriced. Too bad, she really likes that one too!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah
           
          5.0

          Beautiful work of art

          By 

          from Anaheim, CA

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          Comments about UncommonGoods Praying Mantis Stake:

          So much more beautiful than I had hoped! The only con is that it might get stolen in the front yard for looking so good!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah
           
          5.0

          Love it

          By 

          from Arizona

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          Comments about UncommonGoods Praying Mantis Stake:

          Looks great in our landscape.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Even better than expected!

          By 

          from Sweden

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          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Secure
          • Visible At A Distance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about UncommonGoods Praying Mantis Stake:

            It's like nothing else available here. Everyone remarks on it.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Excellent service and delivery.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            A mantis worth waiting for

            By 

            from Georgia

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Secure
            • Visible At A Distance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Back Yard
              • Front Yard
              • Garden

              Comments about UncommonGoods Praying Mantis Stake:

              I bought the praying mantis as part of a redesign of my pool area. I cut down towering old azalea bushes, replaced them with myriad pots in varying sizes, shapes, and colors which I planted with a riot of hues and varietals. Then I added a few sculptural touches including the praying mantis, a gazing ball, wind chimes and hummingbird and red bird spikes.I love it! The praying mantis is a real comment getter.

              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              As expected & delighted

              By 

              from Phoenix, AZ (recipient in MN)

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about UncommonGoods Praying Mantis Stake:

              I purchased this item as a gift for Father's Day. My parents sent me pictures of it in their garden and it appears to be exactly as described and just as cute.

              A few notes that may be helpful to potential buyers:
              They said the leaf appears to be coated so that may not change color. The mantis itself appears not, so over time he should turn that pretty green of weathered copper. Time will tell, but if they are correct it will provide a nice color contrast.

              They said the craftsmanship is very good and the mantis is sturdily mounted on the leaf and the leaf is solidly mounted to the stake.

              The stake is a single rod with no sturdying split or fork at the bottom. They said the stake is nice and long so it can be pushed relatively deep into the soil so it may be a non-issue.

              Note to the crafter: thank you very much! Your hard work is appreciated and will be enjoyed for many years to come.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Father's Day
               
              5.0

              Best Praying Mantis Stake Ever

              By 

              from Bay Area, CA

              Comments about UncommonGoods Praying Mantis Stake:

              You know how sometimes you just need a garden stake with a large praying mantis on top? Well, this is the stake for you. I bought this as a gift for an aunt who loves praying mantises, thinking it would be a cute and unique addition to her garden. It is so much more charming in person. Very well made, beautiful coloring, and as classy as a praying mantis can be. Nice and sturdy, will look perfect in her garden. I would highly recommend.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other
               
              5.0

              Praying Mantis - lovely

              By 

              from nc

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about UncommonGoods Praying Mantis Stake:

              Looks beautiful in the garden

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

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