These beautiful copper tabletops are handcrafted in a small village located high in the central Mountains of Mexico. The people of this region have been working with copper long before Columbus came to America. The techniques they use have improved over time; however, their basic methods have not changed.
Each top is hand-made by artisan coppersmiths using an open forge to heat and soften the metal. Then the top is repeatedly hammered on an anvil until is reaches its desired shape and texture. What is unique about OW Lee Copper tops is that the copper is attached to a special wood-based material developed for exterior use.
Some frequently asked questions are:
Is it real Copper?
Will it Patina (or change green in color)?
No, your copper top has been “pre-aged” to the rich natural copper brown color. Because the copper tops are “pre-aged”, each top is unique. With proper maintenance (see below), your natural copper top will maintain its color for many years.
Is there a way for a consumer to make it Patina if they prefer?
No, each top has received a special treatment to maintain its natural color and beauty.
Do consumers need to re-seal it?
No, the color will remain with proper maintenance
What is it mounted on?
A wood based material developed for exterior use.
What is the recommended Care & Maintenance?
Clean with a damp cloth.
Only use mild soap and water when necessary.
Do not clean with abrasives.
Do not use lemon, as the acid will damage the finish and color.
How is it distressed?
The tops are hammered, meaning they are hit by hand with hammers to form the surface.
If something is spilled on the top that causes a color change, is there a way to bring the color back to the original copper color?
Clean the area as quickly as possible with a damp cloth. The area will begin to recover its color gradually over the next 2-3 months. It may not match in color exactly, but will be close enough to blend with the natural beauty and characteristics of the top.
Will the copper tops get hot?
Yes, natural copper tops, as with all metals, will absorb heat and when exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time may get extremely hot. In regions with hotter climates, these copper tops would best be presented under covered areas or patios.
How thick is the Copper?
Should coasters be used?
Yes, in order to protect the top from possible acidic stains coasters should be used.