How We Make The Highest Quality Handmade Copper Furniture On The Planet.

Recycled Hand-Hammered Copper - 

Copper Instincts always has been, and continues to be, the leader in eco-friendly hand-hammered copper furniture, combined with reclaimed wood and hand-forged iron.

Due to the recycled nature of Mexican Copper, it is not 100 percent pure refined copper.  We melt it down from scrap into an ingot, and then roll out, hammer, and heat it repeatedly.  As this process takes place, the 2-3% impurities in the copper give it the rich colors that you see in the finished product. 

Mexican copper is very different in appearance due to the way it is recycled and processed compared to industrially refined copper available in the U.S., Pakistan, India, South America, and other countries.

We use Old World craftsmanship to hammer & form copper using methods developed centuries before the Spanish conquerors arrived in Mexico. The fire is stoked, and old copper materials are recycled by melting into a disk or ingot and allowed to cool.  Then the ingots are alternatively heated red-hot and hammered in rapid harmony by our skilled coppersmiths using nothing more than fire, hammers, and an anvil. 

This process is repeated, and then the copper is flattened into the proper size and cut into the desired shape. Copper Instincts uses a very specific temperature range for heating the copper in order to fire the rich and varied combinations of colors directly into the copper. It is an incredibly labor-intensive operation, and it is only practiced by the coppersmiths in Villa Escalante, high up in the Sierra Madre Mountains of south-central Mexico.

Why is our copper is superior to that of our competitors? 

  • We fire rich colors directly into the copper to allow the healing of stains and scratches
  • Our hammering is optimized, which is critical in terms of how the copper wears over time with use
  • Our hammering is shallow enough so it can also be used as a writing surface
  • Solder lines joining our copper sheets are virtually undetectable
  • Our flat-lying copper does not rise or bubble up
  • Our corner and edge treatments are rounded and without any sharp or pointed edges
  • We seal our copper with paste wax, which is the proper sealer used for copper
  • Our custom coppertops are available in virtually any size or shape

Reclaimed Wood - 

The wood our woodworkers use to manufacture Copper Instincts furniture is constructed using a combination of new pine and old reclaimed pine salvaged from old buildings (old barn wood). It is thoroughly fumigated for a minimum of 48 hours using a gas approved by the EPA and FDA for the fumigation of fruits, vegetables, and wood products.

The craftsmanship of our Copper Instincts wood furniture is far superior to typical Mexican rustic furniture. Our wood panels are free-floating to prevent cracking and warping; the pieces and construction techniques are specifically designed to minimize these both.

The standard finish on the old barn wood is a dark walnut finish which combines very well with the colors in the hammered copper. It has a very smooth and refined appearance. This finish is applied using wood stain, a glaze, and two coats of high quality durable clear coat lacquer. This process makes it long-lasting and resistant to water.

This finish even further sets Copper Instincts' furniture line apart from “typical” Mexican furniture. The dark finish color tone is an exact match of BriWax’s Tudor Brown which is available in U.S. hardware and furniture stores making any necessary touch-ups easy and simple.

A lighter honey toned hand-rubbed wax, the finish originally used by Copper Instincts, is also still available upon request. It involves oil based stains combined with three-coats of hand rubbed wax.  Also have six other premium wood finishes: Antique Black, Antique Red, Antique Red with Turquoise, Antique Verde Green, Antique White, and Light Wood hand-rubbed wax.

Hand-Forged Iron -

Our Hand-Forged iron is heated red-hot and hand-hammered or forged into shape and cleanly welded. It is designed and carefully proportioned to be functional and very sturdy.

Copper Instincts iron is very clean in appearance with very high quality construction and durable finishes.  It is very different and much higher in quality than what is usually associated with Mexican iron.  Our welds are hidden, and you won’t find any weld splatter on our iron. The various paint finishes on our iron involve a six-step process which results in finishes which are resistant to corrosion in extreme environments such as salty beaches. Our iron may be used near the ocean without worrying about rusting.

Many of Copper Instincts’ iron designs are available in “normal” or “heavy” versions, which are the same in design but employ thicker and heavier iron for those who prefer that option. All of our iron may be custom made to any size our customers would like.

Copper Instincts also stands out from our competition with our complete custom iron forging and plasma-cutting capabilities. If our catalog does not have the iron style you are looking for, then you may submit your own iron designs to be custom built.

Home Office:
(210) 568-9822

(800) 613-9832

Bernardo Abarca 2
Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, MEXICO
CP 61600