In communal Amana, the tinsmiths provided wash tubs, cups, spoons, pots and pans, kettles, colanders, pails, labels, food baskets, cake mold, pie tins and more. Items were ordered by the community kitchens which were located in each village--at least 40-50 total--and made lots of food! The shops became filled with shiny tin ware that was stored on benches and hung on walls. Can you imagine the sun shining on that? The tin shops were located in East, West, Amana, and Homestead, all keeping very busy until the last one closed in 1941. Modern utensils then became more appealing.