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Mature Preneurs Talk with Diana Todd-Banks

Dec 2, 2018

Sara applied that question to her life and now is one of (if not the only) female coppersmith in America (or the world), working as a metal smith of vintage and modern cookware manufacturing pure metal kitchenware in tin, copper, and iron. It wasn’t easy at first she had to learn how to create cookware from scratch because in America, copper cookware, in particular, had not been made for decades. The knowledge was hidden or lost, it was hard to find as no one seemed to know what they were doing, including Sara. Making lots of phone calls starting with “Hi, I don’t know what I’m doing, but ... those endless calls, her research and tenacity bloomed into a great business.

The most exciting part now Sara said she gets to jump into the bigger discussion about food. Not as one more chef or one more foodie, but as someone who wants us to ask the same questions about our cookware as we do about what we eat.  We should ask about our pots and pans, ‘Where is it from? What is it made of? Who made it? Is it sustainable? Is It Renewable? Is it Pure? For more see her website and

Sara’s love of historical research for her fiction writing, inspired ‘House Copper & Cookware’, the name for her American-made cookware created with pure and/or organic materials which has been featured in national and international publications. Publishing over 100 articles as a contributing editor for trade magazines, she recently spoke at TEDx Rapid City. Her debut novel, Widow 1881 {Sillan Pace Brown 2018}, won the Laramie Award grand prize for Western Historical Fiction, plus other awards and she’s now in talks for media development. With all this activity Sara has a wonderful supportive family.