West Virginia


Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate tinsmith, join us in the beautiful Appalachian foothills to learn about tools, soldering and patterns as you create your own tinware objects.
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Program No. 13124RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Tinsmiths are known as “tin knockers.” This program is for beginning and intermediate knockers, and basic instruction covers tools, soldering, patterns and layout and techniques such as piercing and antiquingg.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn hands-on techniques from a professional artist, and spend hours in the studio perfecting your craft.
  • Enjoy evening entertainment as a group, including a covered bridges field trip, or take advantage of free studio time.
  • Be inspired by the picturesque and tranquil backdrop of the Appalachian foothills and four peaceful lakes, and explore the area’s historic covered bridges, a two-story log cabin and a one-room schoolhouse.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Please note that there may be additional fees for supplies required. Please call for additional information. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Jeff Leister
Jeff Leister has been working with tin since 1980, creating pierced tin panels for various uses. Jeff is the resident tinsmith at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, MD, where he also teaches tinsmithing and helps young people to carry on the traditional art and become apprentices. Most of Jeff’s tinsmithing skills are dedicated to the 1800s. Using patterns and techniques of the tinsmiths from the 1800s, students will learn to create useful objects such as cups, wall sconces, cookie cutters and pierced panels.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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