The craftsmanship behind each Thompson Traders product rests in the hands of its maker. Each a virtuoso and student of their Santa Clara del Cobra ancestors, they’ve honed their skills since the 16th century when the native P’urhépecha were considered the world’s most advanced metallurgists of pre-Hispanic times. The human touch is evident in every hand-crafted Thompson Traders copper and stainless steel vessel, with each sink representing the skillful hands of its coppersmith. No two pieces are alike in outward appearance; however, each piece is unified through its craftsmanship—the intrinsic value unique to Thompson Traders.
Masterful, meticulous and deliberate
Thompson Traders coppersmiths dedicate hours, days and sometimes weeks to create one-of-a-kind vessels and finishes. Certain finishes, like antique stain gold, are only obtainable by specific craftsmen.
For the Black Copper Alder bath sink, the process begins with a round piece of copper approximately 16” in diameter. The maker molds the copper by hand using a spinning lathe.
Next, the copper sink is removed from the lathe and softened with heat. After applying heat, the coppersmith begins hand hammering the softened copper to achieve the desired look. Each stroke of the craftsman’s hammer yields a unique piece of art guaranteeing no two products are identical—a benefit of human touch. The hammering process varies depending on the vessel.
For example, the Lucca farmhouse sink requires approximately 15,000 strokes in order to attain the final appearance.
The maker then folds the rim and cleans the vessel before applying the finish. The black copper finish, similar to all Thompson Traders finishes, is attained through firing. Some finishes require more heat and attention than others, including the Black Copper Alder sink.
Each copper vessel is hand-hammered, creating a unique product that celebrates the area’s legacy, expertise and artistry.