Sara’s an accomplished author, but her whole life changed when she fell in love with the Early American kitchen while researching for a historical novel. She marveled at the care and engineering of copper and tin pots and pans, made by craftsmen like Paul Revere – pieces that would be passed down for generations. She wanted them for her own kitchen, but she wasn’t able to find any companies that were producing them. With the Slow Food movement becoming so popular, it stood to reason that others would want high-quality cookware to match. She saw a hole in the market and jumped in, headfirst.
After thousands of phone calls, foundry tours, technical drawings and a couple years spent in development, she launched House Copper, selling copper cookware made entirely in America. But she didn’t stop there...
Through tenacious digging and some lucky networking, Sara found Bob – a master tinsmith not two hours away from her home in Wisconsin. Bob invited her out to his shop, and the two have been inseparable ever since. Sara’s first project was a tin cup – the kind used for centuries leading up to the American Revolution. More projects followed, and Sara’s knowledge grew. She proved herself a quick study, helping Bob with his antique restoration projects and eventually fabricating pieces from scratch on her own.
It’s been five years, and she’s a coppersmith herself: cutting, shaping, rolling, riveting and tinning functional works of art, built tough to withstand generations of use in the kitchen. With any luck, her pieces will inspire future artisans to wonder, explore and try their own hand at a lost art or two.