The Copper forge

a_fonderiaTypical of Trentino is the copper craft, which used to provide the families of all kinds of domestic containers. Unlike iron, copper is wrought from a state of fusion. The material is cast into special clay crucibles, then solidifies into round crowns, which are then thinned under very heavy water-powered ‘donkey-head’ mauls. The forge which is represented here, as well as the annexed materials, come from Vezzano, at the centre of the traditional area of the coppersmiths of Trentino. There follow specimens of the craft: great cauldrons for cheese-making, smaller pots for the polenta, buckets for water and milk, warming pans and round pans, kettles and coffee-pots. fonderia-rame