According to the folks at Colonial Williamsburg “The trade of tinsmithing could be learned in one of two ways. First, a young boy could become an apprentice in an established tinsmith shop. Apprenticeships typically lasted for anywhere from four to six years. . . Commonly produced items included tin funnels, plates, cups, candle holders, lanterns, coffee pots, pails, whistles, bowls, canteens, chandeliers, and even tin “speaking trumpets,” a Colonial style of megaphone. In this fun workshop, kids ages 6 – 12 will make “tin” cookie cutters. The Museum Educator will talk about the history of tinsmiths and the important items they produced, including cookie cutters. Participants will use their very own cookie cutters when they make sugar cookies as a snack.
Tinsmithing Workshop: Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-762-7257.
Did you know?
“A tinsmith is a skilled metal worker who manufactures objects out of tinplate. A major advantage of using sheets of tin-plated iron, as opposed to bare iron, is that tin does not rust. Over the centuries, many different names have been used to describe tin workers. In Colonial America, artisans who worked in tin were called either whitesmiths or tinners. By the 1860s, the title tinsmith had come into common usage.“ Excerpted from the website of Colonial Williamsburg