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Beginning Tinsmithing

Course Overview

Using tools and techniques of 19 th century tinsmiths, students will learn how to layout projects using patterns, cut tinplate, and assemble tinplate pieces into items they can take home, such as a tin cup or tankard, a tin sconce, tin ornaments and tinsel, cookie cutters, or a lantern. Students will make multiple items, each one enabling them to build skills and techniques, leading to the next project and level of complexity over the course of the three days. They will learn shop safety, use of basic tinsmith’s tools, how to successfully operate hand-crank tinsmith’s machines, soldering, and other aspects of basic tinsmithing, including traditional construction technique while applying them to specific creative tasks. The workshop will give participants a first-hand understanding of tinsmithing as a recognized heritage craft. Students will receive individual guidance from the instructor as they work on their projects.


Fri, Aug 9th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 11th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $270.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Jun 28th, 2019
Includes materials fee of $45.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Thin leather work gloves or synthetic cut-resistant work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Notebook & note taking supplies

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Jun 28th, 2019
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.