ABOUT

saving a lost trade

I’m the only known female coppersmith building and designing copper cookware in America.

While researching for my novels, I realized a few important facts:

1. American cookware designs were lost
2. No one was actually building cookware lines, in American styles, IN America
3. And no one knew how to do the whole process anymore (back in the day, you’d walk up the road to the blacksmith/tinsmith/coppersmith to get things)

So I decided (on a bit of a whim) to start House Copper & Cookware using only vintage American designs as inspiration and utilizing the materials available in pioneer times. Most importantly, everything had to be sourced and made in America, just like the old days.

FINDING INSPIRATION FROM 

Books, copper, history, herbs, fire, tin, vintage tools, my family, forging, cooking, folktales & rivets.

the founder

Sara

I live in rural Wisconsin (so my tools don't annoy too many neighbors) on a mini farm with my husband and 3 children.

I still have a vintage, old-school apprenticeship with Bob Bartelme of Backwoods Tin & Copper, going strong since 2015. I learn a lot. Enough. Too much. Never enough. I do a ton of the physical building of the House Copper cookware line in my Wisconsin copper shop in the village where I’ve set up. I custom build all kinds of cookware pieces, and re-tin oodles of vintage ones. My tools range from modern bead blasters and grinders to 1700s tinsmith stakes and 1820 hand rotary coppersmithing machines. I can tell you “where your cookware comes from.”

My favorite thing to cook in copper? vegan lasagna. potato Pierogis. and fruit tarts.

AT A GLANCE

YOU SHOULD PROBABLY KNOW

01

i drink scotch neat

02

i'm forcing my family into an old family beekeeping tradition

03

we rendezvous.
and i play oboe.

04

i overbuy seeds in spring. lift heavy weights. and love beauty & the Beast

All about

Herbal remedies, sustainable living, discipline, preserving (everything), raising chickens, my book club & family bike rides.

NOT ABOUT

Landfills, preservatives, tri-ply cookware, disingenuous people, lack of integrity, and flan. I just can't do flan.

but maybe there's a flan out there I might like?
#optimist #glassisalwayshalffull

how can i help?

let's fill your kitchen & your mind

Coppersmithing is many things to me. It's telling a story. It's keeping a trade alive. It's saving old knowledge. I am honored to keep American-made cookware hopping, and look forward to building you something from the House Copper line. I know many of you are looking for even more information, custom builds, or age and make. I'm here!

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