In the workshop, Sergio forms each piece freehand, using no soldering, casting, or molds — just fire and basic tools to coax the copper into form. Each piece is then further defined by the meticulous hammering of thousands of individual strokes which leave soft, distinctive imprints showing the hand of the maker.
Finishes also appear in the fire. To achieve our ‘smoke’ finish, the hand-hammered copper form is held inside wood-fire flames, and meticulously turned over and over. The resin from the wood sap, cut from local pines, produces a dark smoke that carbonizes the copper to a perfect black matte. Part alchemy, part artistry.