Tinsmiths were vital in the communal society of Amana, providing many essential tools and equipment for the community kitchens and winemakers. One such handmade item was the wine siphon. It was a long, slender tube used to siphon wine from barrels to bottles or to taste the wine. Some had handles, others were plain. Center parts varied in widths. Design was often catered to the winemaker's request. All were very well handcrafted and collectible as they are rare.