"I suppose," said he, "that there are no cleverer tinsmiths
in all the world than the Winkies.
Tin abounded in the Winkie Country and the Winkies were said to be the most skillful tinsmiths
in all the world.
So I went to a tinsmith and had him make me a new leg out of tin.
Once more the tinsmith came to my help and made me a body of tin, fastening my tin arms and legs and head to it, by means of joints, so that I could move around as well as ever.
Most barbershops in old Kuwait used to spread in Al Tannakah (tinsmiths
) souk, Al-Khababez (bakers) souk and some other public markets, and among the most famous Kuwaiti barbers at the beginning of the last century, where 'Bilal' and 'Safar Ali'.
They were people in now long-forgotten occupations like whitesmiths and tinsmiths
, tackers and holders up in fabrication shops, shipyards or erecting sheds or, above all, pattern makers - men who through the deft alliance of hand and eye could form a piece of wood into an intricately shaped pattern for a foundry mould turning their work of art into steel forgings - a skill now replaced by algorithms powering a 3D printed assembly.
Then there's a shortage of tinsmiths
, welders, etc," said Vlatko Popovski, Director of the Employment of Agency.
Or one of the Machine Shop chaps Progress or Stores, maybe, Tinsmiths
or Flightshed, Perhaps.
In this oral history memoir, she recalls the lives of five generations of tinsmiths
, or 'tinkers,' going back to the early 1800s, spanning an era of enormous social and cultural change.
The project helps blacksmiths and tinsmiths
to access materials by obtaining guns and other weapons disarmed by the UN.
A smith works in metal; a whitesmith in tin and iron, there also are blacksmiths, tinsmiths
, coppersmiths, gunsmiths.