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About Tinsmithing
Joyce Glynn puching tin
James Glynn wiring chandelier Joyce Glynn checking punched tin Master Tinsmith James Glynn

History

The first tinshop in Colonial America was opened in 1740 when the Patterson brothers, William & Andrew emigrated from Ireland and set up for business in Berlin, CT. They made tin cups, pie pans, milk pails, and different size pots. After their first year, they hired tin peddlers to travel down the East Coast with horse drawn carts loaded with their shiny "poor man's silver".

Early American housewives loved the tinware. It was light, unbreakable, easy to clean and cheap. The tinplate was imported from England where it was made of sheet iron that had been dipped in molten tin and run through rollers to create a flat sheet approx. 2 feet square.

Today's tinplate is steel electro-plated with a tin coating.
Glynn's Tinware has taken this metal to a new level by creating a look of old pewter. This unique process requires many steps to achieve this special patina and once created it is treated with two coats of a special lacquer to create a soft luster and prevent rusting.
Tools
In 1740, a typical set of tinner's tools consisted of a large bench shear, several smaller hand shears, steel and leather hammers, shaping anvils or stakes, and a soldering iron

Glynn's Tinware has a collection of these antique tools and still uses them today in recreating the lanterns, sconces and chandeliers of the Colonial Period.some tinsmithing tools