|In 1982 I discovered the" Art of the Tinsmith" during my studies in Colonial American History. During that time I visited many museums, libraries private collections to find original examples of tin and copper artifacts.
My main interest was in early lighting, which consist of lanterns, post lamps, chandeliers, sconces and other forms of lighting devices and American folk art.
After mastering the Art of the Tinsmith and acquiring original 18th and 19th century tinsmith tools, I started ,Robin Hood Tinware.
Since that time, I have been involved in many restoration projects. reproducing Old World, Colonial and Early American Period Lighting for museums, Historical Societies and private projects, such as making ornaments for a Christmas tree in the blue room at the White House.
My shop is nestled in the Hocking forest in southern Ohio. I am a one man operation with an occasional apprentice or two as needed. I am into quality not quantity. Creativity and uniqueness is what I am after.
Mass production I leave to the big shops, where quality is not important. You will find I make many of the same historical items that you will find other tinsmiths offer on their site, and many other very unique styles that are rare or creative adaptations that improve on form or function. Look at the quality very carefully when choosing tin or copper lighting online.