Hand-hammered Copper Coffee Bean Canister | Blue Patina
Typically a few months
2 to 7 days
A Tradition in Contemporary Form
This hand-hammered coffee bean canister in earthy blue patina is one of a kind. Hand-hammered and sculpted into shape, a base, a lid, a finely dimpled copper bean scoop, is an exceptional and thoughtful gift for the true lover of coffee and lover of fine, craft art.
Meet the Master
Working from a family studio quietly nestled in the rice fields of Niigata, Japan, Master Copper Artisan, Masayuki Shimakura, draws encouragement from the deep historical roots of the area where metal work began in the Edo Period (1603), and where hand-hammering (Tsuiki) advanced from 1868. Mr. Shimakura relies heavily on those traditional techniques handed down generations, and his own hard-won mastery, to now create objects that complement modern life – Blow after blow, strike after strike, up to several hundred thousand times, the Master Craftsman meticulously hand hammers a single sheet of copper to produce the signature dimpled pattern and sculpt it into form. Throughout this long process, the object is repeatedly heated in a furnace and soaked in water to soften the hardening copper and facilitate hammering. To finish and smooth, Shimakura applies various traditional and modern techniques to create the dark, bluish patina on the surface. The canister is then sealed with lacquer and signed by the artist.
From the Studio to Your Door
Master Shimakura's products, including this coffee bean canister, are among the finest contemporary expressions of traditional Japanese craftwork offered here at Alfan Select! The artist will begin work with an order, so please use the preorder button above. The wait for this fine piece of craft art is worth it, and this make an enduring thoughtful gift.
Product Details | Care
Due to the nature of the high-end, one-at-a-time, craft-making processes, individual products may vary slightly in color (from our website photos and one from another) and in other product qualities. Holds about 200g of beans. Outside Diameter 100 × H 110mm. Weight 510g. Copper outside; canister bottom inside is lined with tin for ease of daily use. The lacquer coating helps prevent tarnish, and for best care, wash by hand with water only or a non-alkaline dish soap. Dry and buff often with a soft cloth. (do not use any scouring pads).