Tony Richichi apprenticed for several years with two well known tinsmiths; Jack Perry (trained at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI), and Mike Runyon (previous tinsmith at Sauder Village, Archbold, OH). Tony is currently a tinsmith and historical presenter at Sauder Village, as well as numerous living history events and trade shows around the country. He attends yearly tinsmith conferences and is a member of tintinkers.org. Tony is also a member of several living history groups.
I have worked with a variety of metal for over 40 years (I started young!)
I found that I had an affinity for metal crafting so I became a blacksmith, welder, silversmith, engraver, gunsmith, fabricator, and tinsmith.
Being born and raised in the "cradle of the colonies", New York and Connecticutt, my family would often visit the historical sites along the Hudson River and northern New York. I grew up with a passion for early American history and seeing the original homes and artifacts used by our forefathers. Being a history buff, I am also an historical reenactor, usually portraying the mid to late 1700's. As I pursued historical crafts, I was drawn to the utility and versatility of tin as a medium that produces beautiful and functional items for the everyday person and household. I find working with tin quieter, cleaner and more pleasurable, plus...IT'S SHINY!
We cannot afford to lose the "old ways". We need to teach our children that functionality does not necessarily mean high tech or unattractive articles, and that form follows function. Historical arts enhance the quality of our life by giving us vision and an appreciation for style, value and utility.
My goal is to continue to learn and expand my techniques and designs, based on the original articles, and bring those high quality products to you.