For most of his life, Sam Spano drove a truck. He spent four decades delivering fuel oil in freezing winters and transporting ice during sweltering summers, all while imagining a different life, one inspired by the beautiful copper rooflines and architectural details of the New York City buildings he’d drive past. So when he got laid off in 2011, he decided to give his dreams of handcrafting copper furnishings and accessories a shot by launching Copper Fields Design Studio in 2012.
Heavy Metal – Yonkers resident Sam Spano, who drove an oil truck during his former four-decade career, had always appreciated the beautiful copper rooflines and architectural details of New York City’s buildings. But it was only seven years ago that he created his first work in the metal, an installation of large copper planters on top of a stone wall to screen the view of a neighbor’s less-than-lovely satellite dish.
Petal to the Metal – We’ve seen some beautiful chuppahs at wedding ceremonies, and they’re preserved forever in photos. But Sam Spano of Copper Fields Design Studio in Yonkers aims to create chuppahs and canopies that’ll last outside of the photos and be passed down as family heirlooms.