The manual activity of cutting and carving tin is traditional in Portugal ever since the days before electricity and plastic. It started with the production of functional objects for everyday life: oil lamps, lanterns of all sizes, olive oil bottles, funnels for filling sausages and containers for wine or milk. These days, tinsmiths focus mainly on decorative items but the quality and precision of their work remains the same. Most of the tin objects included in the A Vida Portuguesa collection comes from the workshop of Luís Oliveira Faria, the son and grandson of tinsmiths from Barcelos.
And we recommend liquid wax being used in his oil lamps.