In the same enchanting Mexican village where thousands of monarch butterflies migrate every year, you’ll also find some of the best coppersmiths in the world. These craftsmen have been passing down time-tested methods of artistry for generations—close to 400 years.

Influenced by nature and the nuances of the landscape that surrounds them, the coppersmiths take discarded and recycled pieces of copper and melt them down in large cauldrons over a fire. By using copper that would have otherwise been left to oxidize and deteriorate, the artisans preserve and revive rich, beautiful pieces of nature—as well as save materials that would have been sourced from the Earth.

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Copper may be trending now, but we’re happy to report that we’ve embraced home décor’s shiny new penny since 2000 when we introduced the Copper Arabesque Dining Table. While the table’s base is a scrolling work of art made of hand-forged iron, the top is recycled copper that’s been fired to achieve the desired mix of orange and red patina and pounded by hand with hammer and anvil to give it the look of an Old World antique.

 

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October’s calendar gives you an up close look at the fiery patina of our copper tabletops. Handmade in Mexico by an artisan (and friend) that we discovered years ago, each is unique—a future heirloom to be passed down from generation to generation.

 

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