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When: Due to popular demand, we are now running two courses!

  • 5-day course, 12 to 16 September 2022, 10am to 4pm FULLY BOOKED 
  • 5- day course, 19 to 23 September 2022, 10am to 4pm


Where: Museum of Making, Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF
Tutor: Karl Schmidt (Dakota Tinworks)
Price: £250 including materials and refreshments. The are two free bursary places available – see * below. Please bring your own lunch or buy from the Museum restaurant.

Using tools and techniques of 19th century tinsmiths, students will learn how to lay out projects using patterns, cut and shape tinplate, and assemble shaped tinplate pieces into items they can take home, such as a tin cup or tankard, a tin sconce, tin ornaments and icicles, cake/biscuit cutters, or a lantern. They will make multiple items, each one enabling them to build skills and techniques, leading to the next project and level of complexity over the course of the five-day workshop. They will learn how to develop patterns, learn shop safety, use of basic tinsmith’s tools, how to successfully use tinsmith’s stakes, operate hand-crank tinsmith’s machines, soldering, and other aspects of tinsmithing, including traditional construction techniques while applying them to specific creative tasks.

The workshop will give participants a first-hand understanding of tinsmithing as a recognised heritage craft. Students will receive individual guidance from the instructor as they work on their projects.

Students will need to bring safety glasses (they don’t need to be expensive ones) and a pair of thin leather gloves or thin synthetic gloves that are cut-resistant.

*There are two free bursary places available on application. If you feel that you would benefit from this training but can’t afford to fund your own place, please apply below. We will be assessing applicants based on their financial need and also on how their skills will help to safeguard the critically endangered craft of tinsmithing for the future. The deadline for bursary applications is Friday 29 July at 5pm.


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