...and thanks for stopping by. Don't know exactly where I'm headed with this effort but I'm convinced that tin craft deserves more than just a place in history.

There have been numerous very accomplished tinsmiths past and present, and many more in persuit of perfection. Numerous classes are taught along the east coast and into the mid-west, several in Canada.

There continues to be a flow of bidding and sales of tools, machines, and stakes on eBay and auction sites for metalworking tools. Fortunately, Niagara, Pexto and other 19th Century makers of tools designed robust tooling for shaping the light guage tin-dipped steel sheets. Some of these tools have seen careful maintenance while others abuse via neglect and overstessing tasks.

While here, look around the site and hopefully you will find something of interest.

in the Tin Shop

There's not much new in the tin shop.
There's not much new to the trade.
Stretching back nigh two hundred years,
What we make has already been made.

There're few new tools in the tin shop.
Such needs are long satisfied.
So the ring of the hammer on stake
Still rings true, if ever you've tried.

There're no new techniques in the tin shop.
Our methods are centuries old.
Patterns, formings, and joinings
Stayed the same while years rolled and rolled.

And tolled out the deaths of the masters,
Of Pyfroms, Kellys and Smiths.
But they, in their day, taught others.
In the tin shop, what's new is the smith.

J. Robert North, 9/02       


Master tinsmith Phil Kelly's Tin Shop in Leola, PA at time of his death in April 2002