Carl and Marcia Giordano are dedicated to keeping alive the centuries-old art of tinsmithing. They handcraft each piece of tinware in their Ohio tinshop using the tools and techniques of 18th- and 19th-Century tinsmiths.
Both of the Giordanos earned degrees in music from Bowling Green State University. Carl taught music in Ohio public and parochial schools for 30 years before retiring in 1997. He served as master tinsmith at Historic Zoar Village for six years.
Museums and historic sites across the country have selected the coupleís work for its quality and historical accuracy, selling it in their shops and using it in interpretations. The National Park Service commissioned them to make several pieces to be used aboard The Friendship, a reproduction of an 18th-Century sailing ship now docked at Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Massachusetts.
Several motion picture studios have used their work in major films including Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and all three Pirates of the Caribbean films. HBO commissioned several pieces for the miniseries John Adams. Their work has adorned the White House Blue Room Christmas Tree and the Ohio Governorís Residence Christmas Tree.
The Giordanos participated in many craft fairs over the years and now concentrate on demonstrating and selling their work at Revolutionary War re-enactments, most of which are located in the original 13-colony states.
The deadline for submitting entries for the 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts has past. All entries we have recevied are being processed and will be submitted to the jurors for anonymous judging. The 2021 Directory will appear in the August 2021 edition of Early American Life. Please do not call us. We cannot report on the status of any particular entry until the Directory is published..
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