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Tinsmithing Workshop

Saturday, March 25, 20238:00 amSunday, March 26, 20235:00 pm
Haupt Education Complex at the Somerset Historical Center
Close up photo of gloved hands working a tinworking tool to make a candle sconce.

**Due to the popularity of the the Tinning workshop, the class often fills quickly. If you are interested in taking the class, please register for the waiting list. This will ensure that you are first to be notified if a spot opens up or when we are scheduling each year's class.**

Introduction to the Art of Tinning is designed to provide a beginning knowledge of the 18th & 19th century tinning using manual construction tools and techniques. A brief history of the tinsmith trade will be covered via an illustrated talk.

The fee for the class is TBD. HGSSC Members get a reduced rate.

There are a variety of projects to choose from. Students will be able to construct several reproduction items including a candle holder, wall sconce, typical punched-tin pie cabinet panel, side pour coffee pot, one pint mug, etc. Starting with basic layout and pattern making, we will walk through the cutting, forming, and assembly of a project. Projects are based on period designs, using traditional tools and methods. All tools and materials are included for the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of tin ware as well as tools for examples, discussion and possible use.

The class is taught by "Tinman" Roy and Sharon Phillips, one of our highly skilled Mountain Craft Day artisans.

Schedule for the workshop is Saturday and Sunday, 8:00am to ~5:00pm both days.