A few weeks after I made my last DIY copper plant stand/side table, I was driving home and spotted what looked like a tangle of copper pipe on the curb in front of a nearby house. The house was for sale a couple of months ago, and then the for-sale sign disappeared, and the new owner apparently began gutting it. Occasionally small piles of free items will appear on the curb, but most of them haven’t interested me. This time, though, I parked and immediately went over to inspect what I hoped wasn’t a mirage. It was just as I hoped–someone had pulled several feet of 1/2-inch copper pipe out of the wall, and now it was mine. Into my garage it went, to await its fate.