Sounds of hammer pounding as if a rhythmic melody is playing… A mine where aging, hopes and dreams take shape in motifs… That’s the ambiance when the masters of the handicraft of copper working are turning this metal into a piece of art in their tiny shops. Roughly speaking, the history of this handicraft that goes back 9,000 years. Alongside gold, silver and lead, copper was one of the first metals to be worked and formed by human hands. The earliest known use of metallic copper is documented at the archaeological site of Çatal Hüyük in Anatolia (present-day Turkey) and is dated between 7250 BC – 6750 BC. The art of smelting copper carbonate and copper oxide ores was probably developed 2000-4000 years later in the region today known as Turkey and a small area between present-day Israel and Egypt. The production of copper objects has then increased simultaneously with the development of better methods of extracting copper and the discovery of the technology of smelting sulphide ores, which took place some 4500 years ago.
Copper working is a long-standing tradition in Turkey and has been practiced in Anatolia without a break. The master-apprentice relationship still lingers in this field and the skills are taught to the next generation with patience. Copper working is usually carried out in small shops and there is great emphasis on creating pieces exclusively done by hand. Our copper fire pits are directly imported from such small craft shops owned by the coppersmiths themselves and each individual item is hand picked for quality assurance. These fire pits are completely hand-made according to traditions and not being the end result of mass production, each piece is unique and carries the signature beats of its maker.
The fire pits are made of 99% pure copper to guarantee their resistance to high levels of heat. They can tolerate temperature up to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the heat resistance of copper alloys is significantly lower.( Melting point of pure copper is 1,981 F versus 1,100 F for mixed material ). The beauty of copper also lies in its different ways of appearance depending on preference. With minimal maintenance, one can easily keep it looking as new or leave it untreated for a more aged and rustic finish.