Dakota Tinworks is a maker of tin artwares and authentic and historically-accurate reproduction tinware.
Karl was recently selected for inclusion in the 2023 Directory of Traditional American Crafts, sponsored by Early American Life magazine. This is the third year in a row Karl has been recognized in this way for the high quality of his work.
Judged anonymously by a panel of experts, members of the directory are recognized as America's best craftspeople.
Karl was one of only three tinsmiths so honored in 2021, 2022, and 2023.
All of my artware and tinware is hand-crafted, using USA-made tinplate and primarily 19th century tinsmith's tools.
I make museum-quality tin items that are authentic, useful, and even beautiful.
Many items are available right away. Others are made-to-order. Each listing will indicate availability.
We welcome custom orders, but can only take such orders January-March each year. Please contact us for details.
I don't sell anything I don't personally make, so you can be assured of quality.
My reproduction tinware is based on research on original pieces, as well as museum and archival work.
My artware, including Christmas ornaments and decorations, are inspired by items from the past, but with a modern twist.
While Karl is the only tinsmith in our household, everyone helps in running the business and making it successful.
We don't have employees, so you truly are buying artware, tinware, Christmas ornaments, and Christmas decorations from a family business.
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