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Image: Peter Goebel at the John Dickinson Plantation, July 2006
Goose Bay Workshops LLC is a family run business, created in 1985 by Peter and Debra Goebel. Peter, a journeyman brazier, makes every copper, tin, and brass piece by hand. Both Peter & Debra research all the historic items, and both design all the folk art and modern pieces.
The business began with period lighting, but has since expanded to include cookware, writing implements, and much more!
Below is a partial list of our customers.
Goose Bay Workshops LLC has contributed to a number of movies and TV series! Our work can be seen in:
Jim Henson's The Muppets Treasure Island (1996)
The Patriot (2000)
Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)
Colonial House (2004) PBS
The War That Made America (2006) PBS
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
The Other Boylen Girl (2008)
John Adams (2008) HBO
Alice In Wonderland (2010) by Tim Burton
Pirates of The Carribean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Courage, New Hampshire (2011) (TV series)
Salem (2014 - )
In The Heart of the Sea (2015)
Lodge 49 ( 2018)
The Grand Masked Ball at Versailles (2019)
The Good Lord Bird
The Underground Railroad
Above: Peter Goebel's shop.
Coppersmiths and braziers were not the same - these tradesmen had very different roles in the eighteenth-century. The coppersmith made "Coppers, Boilers for the Brewers; and all Manner of Large Vessels of Copper ... his Work is the largest and most laborious. Their Journeymen and Apprentices ought to have as much Strength as any Mechanic I know, and he and they ought to live by themselves, for they are very noisy Neighbors" said R. Campbell, author of the 1747 London Tradesman. Coppersmiths were even listed under brewers and distillers, with whom their work was most similar.
Campbell described braziers as likewise creating copper "utensils", but more similar to the ironmonger. Braziers made "Coppers, Kettles, Fish-Pans, Stew-Pans, of all Sorts and Sizes; Candlesticks, Snuffers ... Tea-Kettles of Brass and Copper, and the other Vessels and Household Utensils that are made in these Metals." Braziers needed "Strength, Ingenuity, and Knowledge in Drawing, to give Designs of his Work, and to enable him to invent new Fashions; ... he requires a large scope of Knowledge in a great many Mechanic branches ..."
In the end, Goose Bay Workshop's products are more in line with those of a brazier than a coppersmith. It is with this knowledge that Peter Goebel will be changing his title from coppersmith to brazier.
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GOOSE BAY WORKSHOPS: Museum Reproduction Tin, Brass, Copper Cookware, Hearth Cooking, 18th Century Lighting, Folk Art, Reenacting, Renaissance.
Contact Us ~ Ordering Information
About Brass and Copper Cookware
Boxes, Barrels and Containers
Cups and Canteens
Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, and Spirits
Cooking and Baking Utensils
Funnels, Basins, and Pails
Gaming and Toys
Jewelry and Clothing Accessories
Reproduction Native American early contact and colonial items, pipes and jewelry.
Making Fire - Footwarmers and Braziers
Pots and Kettles
What's In Your Pocket?
Some Thoughts About History
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