Michael K. Walsh started his full-time tin shop business in 1987, specializing in 18th-Century-style lighting. He has been mostly self-taught, although he received instruction from Phil Kelly of Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as helpful tips and hard-to-find tools from other professional tinners including Michael Terragna, Dan Thomas, the late Richard Harris, James Glynn, and Jerry Martin. Tinsmiths are willing to share and help each other.
In the late 1990s Walsh began attending 18th-Century events. Home lighting will always be his second love, (after his wife, Deborah, of 42 years), but tinware was making its first appearance on his shelves. The couple participates at several market fairs selling a wide variety of candle lanterns, tankards, wash pans, corn boilers, and more.
Artisans wishing to participate in the 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts™ may download applications by clicking here. Because of the uncertainty of mail delivery caused by the Pandemic, we have extended the deadline for entries. We will accept entries postmarked by February 15, 2021. Those selected will be notified after judging in April, 2021. The 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts™ will appear in the August 2021 issue of Early American Life.
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