Sara Dahmen: The Life of a Female Coppersmith

Sara Dahmen is today’s guest on The Segilola Salami Show. Sara and I chat about motherhood and having a business at the same time. Sara shares what she’s learned from starting up her own business to being a female coppersmith. It was a most enjoyable conversation and I’m optimistic you would find it both enjoyable and relatable (if you are a mother). Please click play now to listen to what Sara Dahmen had to say.

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About Sara Dahmen

Sara Dahmen: The Life of a Female Coppersmith

As one of (if not the only) female coppersmith in America (or the world), Sara Dahmen has had a varied career, from her first job producing commercials for CITGO, to building a Silver Anvil award-winning event coordination company. After selling the wedding planning business she built over ten years, now Sara works as a metalsmith of vintage and modern cookware and manufactures pure metal kitchenware in tin, copper, and iron in her garage. Her debut novel, Widow 1881 {SillanPaceBrown 2018}, won the Laramie Award grand prize for Western Historical Fiction, Fiction Book of the Year from Author’s Circle, featured as a Pulpwood Queen Book Club Book, and is in talks for media development.

The historical research for her fiction inspired House Copper & Cookware. Sara’s American-made cookware created with pure and/or organic materials has been featured in national and international publications, from Cooking Light to Food + Wine, Veranda and Root+Bone and many more. HCC copper wares are built by Sara with some help from local, American, family owned and operated companies. She has published over 100 articles as a contributing editor for trade magazines, an recently spoke at TEDx Rapid City. She is the co-founder of the upcoming American Pure Metals Guild, and is courting interest from production companies for unscripted television.

Sara is also an apprentice to a master tinsmith in Wisconsin, where she works with tools from the 1700 and 1800’s to build vintage cookware or design custom work from scratch. She also is continually building her cookware line as well as her fiction series. When not writing or sewing authentic clothing for 1830’s fur trade reenactments, she can be found managing her household (not very well), hosting themed dinner parties, reading the Economist and reference books, brainstorming with her husband, John, of 12 years, or playing with her three young children (William, aged 7; Hannah, aged 5; Jack, aged 3). She is also extremely active in her Port Washington, Wisconsin community, sitting on boards and volunteer positions throughout the city.


Giveaway by Sara Dahmen

Sara is giving away to one lucky winner a Fire Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet worth $70 USD

Why would you want one, you ask. This is Sara’s answer: Timeless and meant to last generations, cast iron is a time-honoured cooking tool. My 8″ cast iron skillet was hand-poured in Wisconsin, hand-ground and hand-sanded by me, Sara, before being seasoned by hand over open fires in the backyard. The organic flaxseed oil is from North Dakota and rubbed on between each round in the flames.

Cast iron is quite easy to maintain and clean, and can be used for anything from frying fish and steaks to baking a brownie recipe out of a box! If taken care of, it can be passed down to many generations of family cooks! Cast iron is oven and stovetop safe.

Sara Dahmen giveaway cast iron skillet prize

Sara Dahmen skillet giveaway

About The Segilola Salami Show

The Segilola Salami show is hosted by Segilola Salami who is also an author, freelance writer and blogger. Her latest book is called Useless Warrior Princess.

The show is set in a virtual cafe and is about books and publishing. The aim of the show is to be both educative and informative but in an entertaining way. Guests from all works of life come on the show to talk about the books they have read or written and how books motivated or inspired them. Listeners of the show get to discover new authors and new books as well as learn something new.

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