Dakota Tinworks is a maker of authentic and historically-accurate tinware of all kinds for living history & historical museums and discriminating householders.
Karl was recently selected for inclusion in the 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts, sponsored by Early American Life magazine.
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.
All of my 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 of my items are available right away. Others are made-to-order. Each listing will indicate availability.
I welcome custom orders. Please contact me with your requirements.
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 Christmas decorations, including Christmas ornaments, 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 tinware, Christmas ornaments, and Christmas decorations from a family business.
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