A tinsmith is a professional that repairs or makes tinware or other items out of light metals. Northwest Journal suggests that tinsmithing is more practical than woodworking or blacksmithing, as it only requires a small working area and simple tools.
Tin-plated objects, such as plates and cups, were found at fur trade posts and belonged to officers and clerks. Dispatch boxes made out of tin were utilized to carry specific company correspondence. Inventories and journals from the past mention funnels, pans, basins and tea kettles plated with tin. Tin-plated items did not play a significant role in trading, as tin-plated steel is prone to rusting and a tin layer is not as durable as brass or copper.