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Tinsmithing

Course Overview

The use of tinplate was extensive in 19th century New England because it was lightweight, durable and affordable. Today, reproductions of these utilitarian and aesthetic pieces can be created using the same techniques that have been practiced for over 150 years. During this course, students develop an understanding of how the metal is shaped and formed as well as the art of soldering. Students have the opportunity to use vintage tinners' tools and to be exposed to a variety of edge applications including wiring, burring, and double-seaming, using copper and brass in addition to traditional hot-dipped tinplate. The first part of the class is spent explaining and practicing the processes covered. The remaining time allows for practical application. Emphasis is placed on soldering techniques using a soldering iron and propane torch. Participants may choose from a variety of projects (i.e. lantern, candle holders, flour scoop) depending on comfort level and experience. Each student is given individual guidance and instruction throughout the week.

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