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Tin Punching. The overwhelming popularity of this art form serves as
a constant reminder of the rich cultural history we share in common. We are
most grateful to have had such a large part in the resurgence of interest in
pierced / punched tin and the art of tin punching. From our onset in 1979, it has been our intention to
carry on with the original concept of "Handmade in America". It is our
commitment to quality and integrity of design, as well as matchless
workmanship, which has kept us at the forefront of punched tin art. We were
among the very first to make this tin punching available to folks around the
It's been our intention to elevate this humble work
into a distinctive art form. We look forward to supplying you with pierced
metal panels to beautify your home and surroundings... today and in the years
|We thank you for the opportunity to share the pride
we feel in the flourishing of our "American Dream".
It is your continued interest and support that has
helped us grow.
In Autumn of 1979, James and Marie Palotas bought together many years of
combined interest in folk art design as an artistic medium to initiate the
company that is today Country Accents.
raised in an atmosphere where active participation in folk art disciplines
was encouraged. Members of his family had gained renown in a variety of
these art forms. He has drawn on this upbringing and training to inspire
many of his singular designs.
Then, drawing on his
mechanical training, he studied the metal piercing (or tin punching) tools from
the past used by metal smiths over the generations, and recreated them.
James has also developed a new line of more intricate tools to be able to
create the new style of designs. Country Accents makes these handcrafted
tin punches available to those wishing to craft their own panels.
In recent years, he's developed many new designs not formerly
seen in this medium. They are shown in detail in our extensive catalog and
we can adapt many of them to finished panels of various sizes. Numerous
designs also pictured are adaptations and reproductions of the old designs
found on food safes used in the days prior to refrigeration.
James has received international acclaim for his works in
metal piercing and design. It has been his intention from the onset to raise
this humble craft from merely a functional use to a distinct art form.
Looking to the future, Country Accents has been fortunate to
find qualified and talented assistants to help carry on the original
philosophy that helped our company remain the premier supplier of unique
museum quality, yet affordable custom sized metal decor panels. With the
help of their dedicated staff, they look forward to many more years of being
at the forefront of this art form.
A Short History on the Subject of Punched Tin|
The origins of punched metal (or pierced metal, the terms
are interchangeable) seems to be lost in the mists of time. Punched
tin probably came to our shores with the very first settlers. It is
thought that the lantern that hung in the Old North Church to announce
"One if by land...two if by sea..." was indeed a local farmer's pierced
Little punched tin boxes with doors holding small tin
cups which could be filled with hot coals were placed in pretty wooded
frames and taken out to the carriage or sleigh on cold days and then on
to church to be refilled for comfort during long services in unheated
buildings. There were called foot warmers and are much sought after as
There are fine examples of the art to be found in Central
Europe, although piercing designs differ with geography. One beautiful
conical punched tin lantern was found in a wine tavern in the Vienna Woods,
illuminated to cast a romantic glow in the darkened interior. This
lantern, so similar to our Revere type lanterns, differed in that it's
motif was pine boughs instead of the geometric, more common to the designs
in the New World.
In some areas of the Alps, a goat or sheep's horn would
be sharpened and a tin panel would be punched out using the alphabet and
numbers from one to nine. This primitive learning tool was known
appropriately as "the horn". Prettily decorated with hearts and tulips
today, they make a charming bit of wall decor.
In America, pie safes and food safes came into use in the days
before refrigeration. They were cupboards of various styles and sizes
either floor standing or hanging cupboards meant to discourage vermin
and insects and to keep dust from perishable foodstuffs. These cabinets
had tinplate inserts in the doors and sometimes in the sides, punched
out by the homeowner, cabinetmaker or a tinsmith in varying designs to
allow for air circulation.
Today, these cabinets are much prized as collector's
items. Interest in pierced tin has seen a revival in recent years after
if fell out of favor after the introduction of home refrigeration and
Pierced tin has come a long way since the days
when perforated metal panels were used for functional purposes such as
foot and bed warmers, lanterns and inserts to keep flying insects and
dust from spoiling stored foodstuffs.
so true, they carry the look of antiquity...new innovative designs based on tradition...The look of pierced tin has come into the mainstream of today's
Once thought of as "just country", now pierced tin
panels have their place in many decorating styles. The uses for this art
form are virtually unlimited. We pride our selves in the original
designs conceived and produced right here in our studio.
Be secure in the knowledge that COUNTRY ACCENTS is
synonymous with quality workmanship, integrity of design and
ability to create unusual pieces and
will design to suit|
widest choice of metal finishes|
ability to fulfill complex or large
customized borders and edging|
Early Tin Pie Safe Motifs |
Mercer Museum Collection
Historical Treasures |
Country Classics Collection
Harvest Collection |
Harvest Wheat Collection |
Fanciful Folk Art Collection
Southwestern Collection |
Carousel/Mini Folk Art |
Fancy Work Collection
Nautical Images |
Pure & Simple Collection
Wild Flower Collection |
Art Nouveau Collection |
Appliance Front Collection
Do-it-yourself Punched Tin Patterns
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