J. Robert (Bob) North will be demonstrating tin piercing of his own designs and animals. He started tinsmithing as an economical Christmas gift in 1974 – he used salvaged tin from turpentine cans to make his wife an electrified lantern which is still in use.
In 1989 North found a class to take in Lancaster, and later studied privately for four years with a master tinsmith in Eden, PA. As his expertise increased Bob taught the class in Lancaster and at several other craft schools, which is a natural progression as he taught elementary school for 32 years! He also holds classes at his shop along Country Club Road in Waynesboro. Not only does he cut and form the tin into modern lighting, but he really enjoys piercing the tin with small holes to allow the light to shine through. He currently has a selection of pierced tin nightlights at 42 West Arts.