Aluminum Peace Pole

Peace Pole made of aluminum
Nighttime aluminum peace pole

This metal peace pole is ten feet tall before planting, eight feet tall after.


If you had been invited to have dinner with Napoleon you would have eaten on silver plates. If you were someone special, you would have eaten on gold. If you were really special, you would have eaten on platinum. But if you were really, really special, you would have eaten on aluminum.

It was that rare and expensive. But it was so prestigious and durable outdoors, (stainless steel did not exist yet), that it was chosen for the cap on the Washington Monument. The pyramidal top of the Washington Monument is made out of six pounds of aluminum.

Back then it was worth more than gold or platinum and chiefly used for jewelry. But now technology makes so we can make affordable peace poles out of it. More about that is at the end of this page.

Money Matters
The advantages of aluminum are that it costs half as much as stainless and its light weight makes it cost much less to ship. If you can afford a stainless peace pole, I definitely recommend getting that. But if you cannot, aluminum is the next best thing.

Planting / Installing
No cement is necessary to plant these peace poles. Just use a post hole digger to dig a hole 20 inches deep. Set the pole in it and back fill it with the earth that came out of the hole (see Installation).

Aluminum Peace Pole Price
I started using aluminum only in the last 12 months when a customer talked me into making 6 of them for her. Now that aluminum was in my shop, I began improving on what the one customer had asked for. I welded on raised text and designed better caps.

This was during January and February 2021. With new work I usually end up charging more as time goes on as I get more realistic about the time and materials these take. In time these could end up somewhere between $1,850 and $2,400. I am hoping not, but if you think you might want one this year, let me know and I will lock this lower price for you.
Current Price . . . $1,450 (free shipping)
translations included. Additional are $150 each. There is room for four additional.
Text or call me at 513-348-4744 16 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Or email me (see Contact).

Or in Venmo or Paypal write a note saying you want an aluminum peace pole and send it and one dollar to “Paytojoel.” I will respond with an invoice that I will not expect you to pay until you make a final decision, but that will have locked in the price.
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Aluminum Peace Pole with raised text and pointed cap
Tell me what you think. Should I darken the pole to make the brighter text stand out like I do on some stainless peace poles?

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More about aluminum:
In the 1800s a series of chemists in different countries made discoveries about it. Then, in 1886, an electrolytic process was used to isolate aluminum from its oxide so inexpensively it became as affordable as it is today.

The way I heard that happened was this.
Charles Martin Hall was a student at Oberlin College in Ohio in the early 1880s when, on a Friday at the end of a chemistry class, the teacher, who apparently had not prepared a homework assignment, off-handedly told them that over the weekend they were to describe the way to extract aluminum from its oxide. Because of the off-handed way it had been assigned, Hall assumed it must be something any student could figure out. When he couldn’t he kept trying. He spent the whole weekend on it. Monday, in class, the teacher asked if anyone had solved the problem. One hand raised. The teacher asked to see the student’s work. Shortly thereafter they flew to Washington to patent it. Which was a good thing because a chemist in France was figuring out the same method at the same time. The method came to be named after both the student and the French chemist. And it made aluminum inexpensive enough to make peace poles out of it.

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