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Metalwork, occupational tradition
Tin Men, Metalwork, occupational tradition, 2007; Sheet Metal Workers International Assn.; Boston, Massachusetts; Copper, galvanized iron, stainless steel; 63 3/4 x 28 3/4 x 17 in. each; Courtesy of Sheet Metal Workers Local 17; Photography by Jason Dowdle
Tin Men, Metalwork, occupational tradition, 2007
Sheet Metal Workers International Assn.
Boston, Massachusetts
Copper, galvanized iron, stainless steel
63 3/4 x 28 3/4 x 17 in. each
Courtesy of Sheet Metal Workers Local 17
Photography by Jason Dowdle
Tin Men from Local 17, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Dorchester: 2007:
Group portrait of tin men artists et. al., Sheet Metal Workers Local # 17: 2007:
Clipper Ship, Full-hull ship model: 2007; Daniel Hardy (b. 1947)
Small Lighthouse, Dick Clarke, 2006 and Large Lighthouse, Ronnie McGann, 2007; Metalwork: Richard Clarke (b. 1944)
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Sheet Metal Workers International Association
Boston, MA
Web Site
Metal workers originally made tin men to advertise their trade and wares, later using them as teaching tools for apprentices, since the skills needed to make a tin man are those a journeyman must master: layout, scribing, cutting, folding, rolling, bending, riveting, soldering, and filing. Today, much of a sheet-metal worker's labor consists of heating and ventilation ducts so constructing tin men gives traditionally trained workers the opportunity to make their formidable skills visible. Four retired sheet-metal workers spent more than fifty hours each fabricating these tin men: Richard Clarke, Daniel Hardy, Glenn Walker, and William Walsh.
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