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Karl Schmidt

Estelline, SD
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Karl Schmidt

Karl owns Dakota Tinworks and has been a working historical tinsmith for five years. He makes modern decorative pieces but specializes in 19th century reproductions. He trained with tinsmith Loren Miller at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska, and with master tinsmith William McMillen at Historic Eastfield Village near Albany, New York. He uses primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith tools in his workshop, drawing on historical tinware examples for inspiration.

Current Courses Offered by Karl Schmidt

3 Days
Teaser image for Beginning Tinsmithing

Beginning Tinsmithing

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…
Fri, Aug 9th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 11th, 2019
Instructor: Karl Schmidt