Copper and Wrought Iron
Crash and shape the metal with Art
Forge iron and copper are hitting the activities with great tradition in the Algarve, who survive thanks to the commitment and dedication of some craftsmen.
You can still find Braziers that continue to shape the copper with the dexterity and imagination reminiscent of the Arabic influence in North Africa, or blacksmiths (now rare) which cause the gates and balconies of the caps to decorate, so majestic, the affluent homes.
In the art of hitting the copper, the creations are varied and very useful for everyday life, allowing you to create lamps, vases, flasks, coffee pots, bowls, pots for cooking special almonds Easter and the famous cataplanes, "ancestors" of pots pressure, where they cook the clams with pork and other delicious culinary specialties Algarve. Under the same utilitarian point of view, the work can produce vinegar, jars, jugs, funnels and windmills. Household items and decorative pieces, from a male craft of shaping the brass or copper, hammering them with wise precision to acquire the desired shape and can still be witnessed in the areas in Silves, Portimão, Tavira and particulary in Loule.
In Querença Tôr, Salir, Loulé, Portimão, Faro and Lagos the ironwork remain present in the vanes, the gates and railings on the balconies of some houses, which once was an outward sign of prestige and the wealth of those who lived there. Authentic works of art born from the hands of blacksmiths who still pride themselves on the ability to work out and cast iron with traditional processes.
Others in the mix of iron and fire are the tools of agricultural work, such as tools, the choppers, the troughs or the wheels of cars. Instruments adapted to life in the region, who have lost much of its social role, once important, when the industry has come, but you can still see and enjoy the Algarve more rural areas, particularly in the municipality of Monchique.