I mention the above story because this memory comes back every time I look at this book. "Copper Work" by A.F. Rose is a great little book on sheet metal work Its amazing the variety of vessel shapes and flat work that can be produced with a few hand tools, time and imagination. This book, though small, covers the subject very well with lots of design diagrams and pictures of finished work. Here are some page images.
You can download "Copper Work" on my Books - Free Downloads page.