Tinsmith's & Coppersmith's 
Web Site

Promoting Historical Tinsmithing and Coppersmithing





Welcome to the Tin Tinkers Group  

This site is dedicated to the promotion and exchange of information related to the trade of Historical Tin and Coppersmithing from the Early American Colonial Period to present day techniques.

The purpose of this site is to share ideas, tips and tricks, techniques and history of the trade and the goods that were made. We invite everyone who has an interest in this trade to actively participate.  

About This Site

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We hold a weekly chat on Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 PM CST. To participate in the chat, you need to register in the Chat Area before being allowed into the Chat Room. Your registration from the Forum does not carry over.

What is the Tin & Coppersmith Convergence?

It is the 'converging' or 'coming together' of Coppersmiths, Tinkers, and Tinsmiths from every walk of life and skill level, to share their knowledge and expertise in the Historical trades of related metal working.

Tinsmithing Classes

Eastfield Village

Nassau, NY (Near Albany)
William McMillen is a Master Tinsmith from Glenmont, NY, & is also member of the Historic Eastfield Foundation board;
Steve Delisle
is Master Tinsmith at the Anderson Armory Tinshop, Colonial Williamsburg, VA


August  8 - 12  (5 days)   Fee: $485   Limit: 8 students
ALl levels of tinsmithing are taught during the same week


Introduction to the art of tinning designed to provide a basic working knowledge of late 18th & early 19th century tinning tools, construction techniques & pattern layout. The history of American tinning is covered in an illustrated talk. Students construct 9 reproduction items including a one-pint mug, a wall sconce, & a coffee pot.  All projects are based on traditional designs, using period tools & methods. All tools & tin are supplied for the workshop.


Designed for those who already have experience & a good basic knowledge of construction methods as well as the use of standard tin tools. Students have access to a large collection of tin sconces, lanterns, chandeliers, candle sticks, crooked spout coffee pots, roasting kitchens, etc., which they are invited to examine, measure & copy with the expert help of the instructor.


Designed for those who would like to produce tinware items in the 18th-century manner both civilian and military, using only hand tools & methods. Students are encouraged to produce patterns from many available documented 18th-century items.

Email Bill McMillen at judytb@aol.com


Cedar lake Conference Center
Ripley, WV

Class is open to all levels

Instructor - Jeff Leister
or call Sarah Farish phone 304-991-0785 ext.408

Coppersmith Class
Defiance, Ohio
Instructor: Steve Okuley
Defiance, Ohio

Tinsmithing Class
Instructor: Dennis Kutch

More Info & Registration Form
Newberry, Indiana
Email: dkl.tinker@gmail.com

Tiller's International

Scotts. MI ( Near Kalamazoo)


Tunnel Mill
4505 Highway 63 North
Rochester, MN
Tunnel Mill

John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, NC (Southwest NC)

John C. Campbell Folk School Web Site

  Ozark Folk Center
Ozark Folk Center Web Site