"The Tin Smith ~ a MUST SEE" Old Sturbridge Village Things to Do Tip by Pawtuxet

Old Sturbridge Village Things to Do: 22 reviews and 41 photos

  The storyteller
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  • The storyteller - Old Sturbridge Village
      The storyteller
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  • tin shop showing all the various wares made here - Old Sturbridge Village
      tin shop showing all the various wares made here
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  • the more serious tinner hard at work - Old Sturbridge Village
      the more serious tinner hard at work
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The Tin Shop seems to be a favorite stop for most people. Two "tinners" work in the shop...snipping, hammering, punching and bending their lanterns, pails and candle holders as they talk with visitors. They demonstrate the machines used by the early tinner and discuss matters of their day. When we visited, one tinner was talking about the amount of alcahol consumed by these early settlers. Continuous drinking throughout the day, beer brewed at home by mom, who used it for baking bread....he was full of stories and information.
Tin shop owners purchased tinplated sheet iron imported from England, shaped it into a variety of forms, and distributed finished goods wholesale through peddlers, and country stores..or sold at retail from their own shops.
Some shops finished the tinware by applying a lacquer finish that ranged from golden brown to almost black. These "japanned" surfaces were either the finish coat or the background for a freehand or stenciled decoration.

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  • Updated Jul 4, 2007
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