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March 2011 - We are currently working on tinware for use as set decorations in the upcoming movie Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

May 2010-The 25th Anniversary "Directory of Traditional American Crafts" has been announced by Early American Life Magazine. We are honored to be selected for the directory this year for the 15th consecutive year. Congratulations to EAL!

March 2008 - Watch for Giordano tinware in the HBO Miniseries John Adams, scheduled to run March 16 - April 20.

Winter 2006 -  We are honored with a commission to replicate the tinware items in George Washington's camp kitchen trunk for the site of his final headquarters, Rockingham (NJ), at the end of the Revolution. The original camp kitchen box is owned by and on display in the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. Among the tin items are nesting camp kettles, plates, platters, tinderbox, and a tea box. See our reproductions of GW's kitchen items here at the site of Living History Shop.LHS's owner, artisan Dick Toone, was the project's originator and coordinator.

June 25, 2005--

The 2005 Yankee Peddler Foundation Crafter/Artist of the Year Award was presented to Carl & Marcia Giordano during an awards dinner at Tangier Restaurant,  Akron, OH.

"The Giordanos were recognized both for their craft, tinsmithing, and also for their dedication to the education and the arts and crafts communities. The Yankee Peddler Foundation created the Award to recognize the superlative artistry and handcrafting of this region and to afford greater public knowledge of the many excellent crafters and artists who live and work here. The Crafter/Artist of the Year Award is the only one of its kind in the Midwest.." The Giordano’s were selected from a list of ten nominees which was drawn up by professional crafters, artists, and show promoters

Feb. 2005  - We created a large number of props for the movies "Pirates of the Caribbean" 2 & 3. We were pleased to see Johnny Depp use one of our spice shakers to "season" himself with paprika in Pirates 2.

We saw our tin botanist's vasculum actually being used in the movie Master & Commander, The Far Side of the World in a scene shot on the Galapagos Islands. While we have made numerous movie props, this is the first time we have actually seen one of them in use on the big screen. The movie is a "must-see" for history buffs, as there has been a great deal of attention paid to period-correct details.

The 2003 HGTV holiday special, White House Christmas Memories, was a look back at White House Christmas decor from the past seven years. In the 1999 segment, there was a piece from the 1999 HGTV White House special in which we are featured for our tin and brass cocked hat ornament. This special aired on December 14th and again on Christmas Day 2003.

We were commissioned in 2002 to provide props for two movies that will open in 2003.

We created a reproduction botanist's specimen case, or vasculum, for Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World that stars Russell Crowe & Paul Bettany. This movie will be in theatres on November 14, 2003.

Official website and trailer for Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World:

Pirates of the Caribbean, a Disney Studios production starring Johnny Depp, ordered a number of pieces of our reproduction tinware for their movie which will be in theatres July 9, 2003. Official website and trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean:

The NPS commissioned us to make several pieces to be used aboard The Friendship, a new reproduction of an 18th c.sailing ship docked at Salem, MA. Salem Maritime National Historic Site is the permanent home for the vessel which is open to visitors. The items commissioned included a breadbox, a lantern, a tray, and a speaking trumpet.

The Friendship website  The Friendship

Our brass angel ornament was selected for the 2002 Ohio Governor's Residence Christmas Tree as part of a program called "Treasures for the Tree." Ohio's First Lady, Hope Taft, began this program in 2000, and it has become an annual event. Fifty to seventy-five ornaments are chosen each year to decorate the Ohio First Family's tree, and the Tafts entertain the craftsmen at a special evening reception at the residence in early December.

Photo of brass angel ornament

The Ohio Governor's Residence is now home to our miniature cocked hat ornament constructed of tin and brass.  The ornament was one of 54 selected from among statewide entries by Ohio artists and craftsmen.  All selected ornaments were displayed on Governor and Mrs. Taft's 2001 Christmas tree in the Governor's Residence.  Craftsmen whose ornaments were selected were invited to a reception in their honor at the Governor's Residence in early December.  

Click here to see our ornament

Our 18th C. reproduction sidespout coffeepot was featured in the Early American LIfe magazine's "Side By Side" exhibit at the 2001 Mount Vernon 18th C. Fair held at the estate of George Washington.  Our sidespout coffeepot was reproduced from an 18th C. painting by Joseph van Auken (view photo).

It was our great pleasure to be invited by President and Mrs. Clinton to create an ornament for the 1999 White House Blue Room Christmas Tree.  The decorating theme, "Holiday Treasures at the White House," focused on our rich national heritage.   We inscribed the following inside the tin & brass ornament--"dedicated to our first heads of state."   

 Photo of our Yankee Doodle Cocked Hat.

Home & Garden TV's  "WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS 1999,"  an HGTV Holiday Special,  featured a segment  showing us re-creating our ornament in our home workshop. The program aired several times between December 19 and December 25, 1999.   

(HGTV taping in our shop)    

(HGTV taping in our shop - view 2)

We were invited, along with the many other contributing artists and artisans, to a special tour of the White House on December 17.  The holiday decorations were exquisite, and we were delighted to see our ornament displayed on the beautiful velvet tree skirt at the base of the Blue Room Tree.  ( view photo)   

Enjoy a photo of the whole Blue Room Tree (view photo).

Our work has been featured in Early American Homes magazine's  "Side by Side" exhibits at the "Craft Fair at Mount Vernon" in 1997, 1998,  1999, 2000 & 2001.  Our new Mount Vernon lantern was displayed in the EAH booth during the 2000 Craft Fair at Mount Vernon.

(view photo)

We were honored to receive  a "Presentation Award" at the first annual " Crafts Fair at Mount Vernon" in September 1997, held on the grounds of George Washington’s mansion in Virginia.

Carl volunteered as the volunteer tinsmith with the Ohio Historical Society site of Zoar Village for 6 years.

Our love of music brought us together at
Bowling Green State University, where we both earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Education. Carl, retired in 1997, taught music in Ohio schools for 30 years.

Memberships--Past & Present

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron, OH

Ohio Arts & Crafts Guild

Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR) Merchant Members

Northwest Territory Alliance (NWTA) Civilian/Merchant Members

Early American Industries Association

Rushlight Club

Society of Volunteers at Zoar

Western Reserve Historical Society

West Virginia Arts & Crafts Guild

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2013 -  Carl Giordano - Tinsmith created set decorations for the upcoming Ron Howard production,  In the Heart of the Sea, which will open in theatres in 2015.

Carl Giordano - Tinsmith has been selected for Early American Life Magazine’s  Directory of Traditional American Craftsmen for the years 1996 through 2013.