Not sure who is to blame for this one. It's time for a master bath overhaul and those are NEVER cheap! I made the mistake and showed my wife this photo of a sink made by Diamond Spas in Denver. That place is SOOO expensive, I didn't even bother to ask how much! My guess is it's north of 3grand and that's not happening. We have some experience with import copper sinks and they are all paper thin and generally shit. Then there wasn't anything in the size of a trough sink we need for this 6ft long vanity. She's tired of fighting for the faucet when it's time to brush those fangs! This is the inspiration. V shaped trough with a slot drain. HOWEVER, we have a depth issue. I'm raising the counter height to 36", but she wants this thing to intrude very little into the drawers and cabinets below. So, the solution is not an under mount style like this photo, but have it rest 1.5" ABOVE the granite and only about 4" below the stone. This sink is probably copper, but you guys know I'm a bronze guy. So F it! Finding single handle wall mounted faucets where the handle is ON the faucet, in black and not on the wall is a tall order. It was the Italian MGS $2800 a pop faucet or Brizo Litze in something they call black. To add fuel to the fire, nothing comes with roughing valves, handles, arms etc! So all I can see is dollars FLYING faster than I do. Matching bronze with manufactured stuff is impossible, so something in black will blend in better. See? Handle ON the faucet. She hates water splashes on the wall. Picked up a pair of these. Still more than I wanted to pay, but a fair compromise. I think Brizo is Delta's lux line. Lifetime everything, finish and mechanicals so there is that. Enter Farmers Copper in Texas City. This place is like friggen FORT KNOX! Long story short, I ordered about 10sq feet of .125 C655 and provided them with a drawing for water jet cutting. After a week of watching them bill my debit card 3 times and putting $2400 to sleep, they FINALLY made things right and knocked off a few bucks for my trouble. Still no apology, but 600bucks, with cutting and taxes included for 57lbs of bronze we were on the road. They make sure you get every sq inch you paid for and you guys should see the 6pages of certification that comes with this metal. Comes from Germany from some company called KME Mansfeld in Hettestedt. Metallurgical numbers, sign offs, and certifications up the friggen yin yang! Now I know why it's 11bucks a pound! It's all the stupid paperwork to keep the anti-lead freaks happy. And NOW the fun begins. I'm estimating, I've got about 20 feet of tig welding in front of me. Lots of it will be autogenous (no filler) and because of this thing sitting ON the counter, I can't be sloppy with this one. I cast a bunch of soup cans of crap aluminum recently. I think the stuff turns like shit on the lathe, but it mills pretty good for what I need. Tonight I turned a 4inch chunk into this squaring block here. Fit up is critical if you are not running filler. (fingers crossed I can pull this one off) If not, I'll be grinding my ass off. And I thought a small welding table was a good idea. WTF? This is the top of the vessel and it's upside down here. I had them cut out the top in one piece to keep it completely flat. The rim is 1.5" and the long piece I'm starting on here is also 1.5" This thing is 33" long! This method is working great so far and is keeping a tight and square fit up. I only got 4 spots tonight after standing at the mill for 2hrs chopping up that block, I'm pooped out. And JUST when you think it can't possible get any more LUDICROUS, someone comes across this one tonight. The shower part of the bathroom will come after I get the vanity part down. For now, I need this sink built so I can layout the plumbing in the wall that I have to gut AND build the cabinetry also. Can you say, I'm busier than a one legged man at an ass kicking contest? This is not a fast build by any means, but once this is done, I'm allowed to start thinking about stainless. There is many things about this design of shower pan below that are pretty stupid. For now, I'll just leave this one on the back burner. The plumbing fixtures for the shower are coming with the lav faucets, so that's one hurdle completed. Typical Rain head, shower head and spray wand for the dog. Controls have gotten simple through the years. No more walls littered with shitty valves. Top is now a selector of individual outputs or combinations as you please. Bottom levers set temp and other is pressure. No more burned ass when she flushes the shitter. Photo is of nickle finish and not black. I'm a natural stone kinda guy, but I've got an easy solution for this nonsense. Local granite company will fit solid slabs on the walls. Goodbye grout lines and I don't have to do any stone work. But this shower pan scares the hell out of me! $$$$ Seeing it would be on the floor and extend up the walls 6inches, I bet I can get away with much thinner bronze too! We've been in this house 10years and she's been pretty patient with me while I've pulled this house from the 1980's. (kitchen, guest bathroom, miles of wide molding, raised ceilings, stonework etc) Is this a little over the top? Definitely. I expect the ROI will about even out as I'm not paying some jackass to F stuff up. We aren't going anywhere any time soon, so why not?