A tinsmith is a person who makes and repairs things made of tin or other light metals. He/she is a worker who makes or repairs things of sheet metal (such as tinplate). The profession may sometimes also be known as a tinner, tinker, tinman, or tinplate worker; whitesmith may also refer to this profession, though the same word may also refer to an unrelated specialty of iron-smithing. These professionals are sometimes known as a whitesmith, tinner, tinker, tinman, or a tinplate worker is a person who makes and repairs things made of tinware, or other light metals.
Tinsmith is a person who makes or repairs articles of tin or tinplate.
By extension, it can also refer to the person who deals in tinware, or tin plate. These professionals may work with tin, pewter, or other materials. Unlike blacksmiths (who work mostly with hot metal), tinsmiths do the majority of their work on cold metal (although they might use a hearth to heat and help shape their raw materials). Tinsmith was a common occupation in pre-industrial times. They are those smiths who work with light metal, such as tinplates, out of which tinware is made. These professionals are familiar with and know the correct application of all major machines and tools that tinsmiths use in their work, as well as their maintenance and care.
Tinsmith, the term is also applied to metalworkers who do only finishing work – such as filing or polishing – on iron and other “black” metals. Unlike blacksmiths (who work mostly with hot metals), tinsmiths do the majority of their work on cold metal (although they might use a hearth to heat and help shape their raw materials). These professionals are familiar with the main qualities and workings of materials used in tinsmithing, know the correct handling of those and understand the possible dangers and environmental effects they may have.
Tinsmiths fabricate items such as water pitchers, forks, spoons, and candle holders. Whitesmiths fabricate items such as tin or pewter cups, water pitchers, forks, spoons, and candle holders and it was a common occupation in pre-industrial times.