In my early twenties I had a desire to build something for the sheer personal want. I choose a female giraffe because I considered the giraffe an extreme subject matter with its long legs and long neck. It was also my first transitional piece from papier-mache to metal. At this moment in my life I was working for the family business, RPM, restoring automobiles. The bodywork for the cars I was performing was done using steel or aluminum. While contemplating the giraffe and material choice, a local craftsperson recommended I consider copper for its malleability and durability. The other benefit of copper that personally attracted me was the potential patina it would develop. While under construction the giraffe was purchased by a client of the family business. Before the completion of the first giraffe another client of the family business commissioned a second giraffe.