The first thing to look for is the hammered pattern or really the lack thereof. Each facet, each angle that captures the light is a single hit of the hammer. It is perfectly placed to shape the metal but follows no discernible pattern like you would see from a machine.
Second you’ll notice the organic form that sprouts into the delicate venation of leaves or loops in the vine handle to provide that perfect fulcrum for a thumb or forefinger.
Third is what you can’t see in an image. The copper is work hardened by all of those hits of the hammer. It provides strength in what looks like a delicate handle. Heavier than you might expect but intuitively feels like the correct weight in your hand.
If you like the look of copper, especially hammered copper it’s best to start with the work of Ben Caldwell.
Each peice starts with 99.9% pure copper stock that is designed, cut, shaped, riveted and polished in his Nashville, TN studio.
A classically trained painter and sculptor, with Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University who trained at The Studio School of New York, Harvard University and The Boston Museum of Fine Arts. His one-of-a-kind creations are functional, beautiful and timeless.
Start your collection with an authentic original by a master craftsman.
As for the 0.1%? Oxygen and silver but that's a story for another day.