Stoddard Tin Shop

LOCATION: 350 Main Street

Sylvester B Stoddard (1801-1867) and Charity Nutter (1795-1844) were married in 1833 a few months before joining the Church. They moved to Nauvoo around 1840. They were active in the Church until Charity died of consumption (tuberculosis) in 1844. Sylvester remarried but soon left the Church with Almira Knight, his new wife. He served in the Civil War as a Union Army musician and afterward lived in Ohio. He is buried in the Kirtland Historic North Cemetery.

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Stoddard Tin Shop
Restoration work on the Stoddard home was completed in 1989. The lean-to section on the right side of the home is represented as the tin shop, but it may have actually been the family kitchen. There is some evidence of a separate building nearby that may have been the actual tin shop. Either way, Sylvester Stoddard was a successful tinsmith and a member of the Nauvoo Tinner’s Association.
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Parlor
Tin was essential in most homes. Stovepipes, pans, wash basins, candle molds, pails, brushes, cups, and many other household items were sold from the Stoddard tin shop. Because tin was so useful, tinsmiths were usually very busy. The Stoddard’s had multiple customers every week. He sold a 10 quart bucket for 75 cents and a fancy stove for $18.
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Tin Shop
The Nauvoo Tinsmith Association is credited with forming the original angel weathervane for the Nauvoo Temple. Angelic weathervanes were popular architectural features in New England where many people in Nauvoo were from. The tinsmiths covered the Temple’s dome in tin and placed the gilded tin weathervane on top. The dome was also treated to appear gilded.
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Lantern
A candle placed in a tin lantern would cast light on one’s path in a pattern punched into the tin. Wind was unlikely to blow out the candle because of how the holes were punched. Some families would order specific patterns and could be, it is said, identified in the dark by the light of their lanterns.
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Tin Shop
It took many steps to make a tin skillet, which included three side pieces that were curved on a forming block before they were joined together by a seaming machine. A tinsmith used a flanging machine to connect a bottom piece and a crimping machine to secure it to the sides. Solder helped create a tight seal.
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Tools
Numerous tools like these were required to work with tin, which could be molded into many shapes. The stone oxen under the temple baptismal font had ears and horns fashioned from tin.
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