Friday, July 25, 2014
Tinsmiths also designed functional lanterns for outdoor use. They are 4-sided, made of galvanized metal, painted green or brown, mounted on a wooden post, and are electrified. Some had 2 steps leading to the bulb so it could be changed with ease. They stand in front of homes, businesses, and used to light the walks on ways to church and once to kitchen gardens. The design of the lantern has been revived today and is a popular piece in local classes and workshops. The tinsmiths of long ago also worked on roofs, downspouts, and created tools with the local blacksmith.. They also created items for cottage industries, meat markets, warehouses, and bathtub linings. All very functional and well crafted.