Early American Tin Lighting was established in 1987 by Michael K. Walsh, the "Irish Tinner". Mike served an apprenticeship under Instructor Phil Kelly of Lancaster, PA. His love of 18th and 19th century architecture and antiquities is reflected in his handmade reproductions. Only the finest materials and authentic processes are used to hand make the products.
You will find Mike and his wife, Debby, at several 18th century Market Fairs. He is a member of the Society of Honorable Master Tinsmiths, the 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line, the Contemporary Long Rifle Association, and Chapter 1061 of Vietnam Veterans of America.
Mike and Debby's home (Herringford, circa 1750). Alexander Herring built this home overlooking Cooks Creek in Rockingham County, Virginia. During the Revolutionary War, two of the Herring sons rode with Light Horse Harry Lee (Robert E. Lee's father). Two other sons served with Daniel Morgan's riflemen. Alexander's only daughter married Capt. Abraham Lincoln. After moving to Kentucky, one of their sons (Thomas) married Nancy Hanks. They gave birth to a strapping lad (in a one-room log cabin) and named him after his grandfather - Abraham Lincoln, future president.
Look for our lighting and tinware in the following productions:
"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World", starring Russell Crowe. Released 2003.
"The Free State of Jones", starring Matthew McConaughey. Release March 2016.
"The Devil in You", HBO TV Series. TBA.
"Hamilton", Broadway Musical. Opened August 2015.
"The Magnificent Seven" (Remake), starring Denzel Washington. Release September 2016.
"Roots" (Remake). Release 2016.
"Mercy Street", PBS TV Series.
"American Gods", TV Series, 2017
"Alias Grace", Margaret Atwood. Released 2017, CBC.
"The Greatest Showman", Musical Movie starring Hugh Jackman. Release Decemeber, 2017.