Larry and Diana West's Profile

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I have been practicing my craft for over 30 years and enjoy creating useful and decorative objects from metal. My career as a Quality Engineer taught me the value of simple but elegant design. I have an appreciation for the past and a desire to create heirloom quality objects for the future. Although being self-taught, I studied the methods used by craftsmen at Greenfield Village and historic Sturbridge Village and was affiliated with an Ohio craft cooperative for 9 years before moving to South Carolina in 1991. I design all of the objects I make, although some have historical links with those made by tinsmiths of early America. Even in this technological age each item I produce is individually constructed by hand from flat sheet metal using tools familiar to - and some that were actually used by - tinsmiths during the 18th and 19th century. Finally, each piece is hand finished, with the help of my wife Diana, in our Fort Mill, SC…

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  • Male
  • Born on September 28
  • Joined April 15, 2008

Favorite materials

Copper, tinplate, wood

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West Tinworks - Quality Handcrafted Tin...

About

I have been practicing my craft for over 30 years and enjoy creating useful and decorative objects from metal. My career as a Quality Engineer taught me the value of simple but elegant design. I have an appreciation for the past and a desire to create heirloom quality objects for the future. Although being self-taught, I studied the methods used by craftsmen at Greenfield Village and historic Sturbridge Village and was affiliated with an Ohio craft cooperative for 9 years before moving to South Carolina in 1991. I design all of the objects I make, although some have historical links with those made by tinsmiths of early America. Even in this technological age each item I produce is individually constructed by hand from flat sheet metal using tools familiar to - and some that were actually used by - tinsmiths during the 18th and 19th century. Finally, each piece is hand finished, with the help of my wife Diana, in our Fort Mill, SC shop.
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See photos of selected items on facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Tinworks/101791988591
tinworks [!at] charter.net

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