| Metal spinning is the art of forming sheet metal disks into contoured forms of great variety
by turning on a lathe (See photos). It is said that the Egyptians and Chinese originated
metal spinning. Most of our present day knowledge of the metal spinning craft has come
from the Greeks and the Romans, who spun many of their household utensils from pewter.
"Spinning metal into complicated and elaborate shapes, is an art fully as difficult as any
craft, and the man is truly an artist that can make artistic and graceful outlines in metal, the
forms being made by skill and manipulation of hand tools alone"
C. Tuells 1909
Terry Tynan was offered a position as an apprentice at the age of 15 with a metal spinning company based in his home town of Halifax in
northern England. Six years later he left the company to complete a 4 year art and design course. After graduating, he worked for a brief
time as a graphic designer, but within 3 months he took a position at another metal spinning workshop and completed another 4 years of
training. In 1995 he started his own metal spinning studio mainly producing aluminum and copper cookware, as well as supplying local
craftsmen with their metal spinning needs.
After relocating to the East coast of America in 2002 it wasn’t long before he started to design & produce original & iconic handmade
lamps and other objects in the machine age style . In 2012 and now with over 27 years experience (all his working life) and a fascination
for the clean art deco, machine age movements he returned to Halifax England, and formed Terry Tynan International Ltd.
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