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"Tinsmithing: The Knack of the Knock" class at Landis Valley
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Lancaster, PA
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"Tinsmithing: The Knack of the Knock" class at Landis Valley
Using patterns and techniques of the tinsmiths from the 1800s, students will learn to bead, form, fold, pierce, and solder tin to create useful objects, such as cups, wall sconces, cookie cutters, and pierced panels.  Advanced students may make items such as coffee pots, and lanterns.  Also covered will be the history of tinsmithing, pattern making, and design.

Jeff Leister has been working with tin since 1980, creating pierced tin panels for various uses.  He has taught classes at Landis Valley's Summer Institute, Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV, and Cedar Lake in Ripley, WV.  Jeff is the resident tinsmith at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, MD, where he also teaches tinsmithing and helps young people to carry on the traditional art and become apprentices.  Most of Jeff's Tinsmithing skills are dedicated to the 1800's, where he strives to craft authentic tinware pieces using tinsmith tools of that time period, which he also collects and restores.  Jeff has demonstrated his authentic crafts at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, MD, at the 1869 Conference in Harrisburg, PA, the West Virginia Folk Festival in Glenville, WV, and the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, MD.

Class is part of Landis Valley's 2018 Summer Institute.  

Times to Remember:
Breakfast:  8-9 a.m.
Lunch:  12-1 p.m.
Class Times:  9 a.m. - Noon; 1-4 p.m.
Times to Remember:
-Breakfast:  8-9 a.m.
-Lunch:  12-1 p.m.
-Class Time:  9 a.m. - Noon; 1-4 p.m.
Please note that prices quoted include a catered breakfast and lunch in the Yellow Barn each day for Institute participants.  If you choose to forgo the meals, please choose the NO-MEAL pricing option, which is $20 less per day you are participating in Institute.

Cancellation Policy:
Registrations will be taken up until June 1.  We reserve the right to cancel a class due to insufficient registration.  Students can make another choice or receive a full refund.  Please read the information in your confirmation regarding any materials/tools you may need.

Students must be age 18 or older.  Please visit our website, www.landisvalleymuseum.org, for more information on Institute. Landis Valley Associates (LVA) members receive 5% off their registration.  If you are a member, please check our website for the code listed with the class and enter it in the "Discount Code" field at checkout.


Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum (View)
2451 Kissel Hill Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17601
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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