tin2Among the things I miss most about the old New Hampshire homestead are the little architectural features in the house. Things like the pressed tin ceiling in the mudroom. I’ve spent hours laying on the couch by the wood stove out in that room looking up at the old school pattern and wondering why no one still makes such things for modern homes.

Well, it turns out I was wrong – there are folks that still making tin ceiling patterns using classic techniques – like the fine folks I found at the W. F. Norman Corporation.

About the W. F. Norman Corporation: “From its turn-of-the-century factory in Nevada, Missouri, the W. F. Norman Corporation still operates machines as old as the company itself. Production methods remain the same as the early days with panels stamped one at a time on antique rope drop hammers, resulting in better quality control than modern hydraulic presses. Using original dies from 1898, the W.F. Norman Corp. Hi-Art® product line contains 140 ceiling design components and over 1,300 ornaments. Their growing popularity stems not only from nostalgia but from their beauty, permanence and economy. Lightweight and easy to install, Hi-Art® products are not only an authentic way to restore buildings & homes, they are also widely used to embellish new construction projects.”

tin1About the Tin Ceiling Patterns of the W. F. Norman Corporation: “We have a wide range of tin ceiling pattern designs and sizes. Panels may be used on ceilings or walls. They are fastened to a plywood or wood-furred surface. Panels which list a ‘depth’ are raised and must use a wood-furring grid. See the installation page for further instructions. Tin-plated steel is the standard metal. Galvanized steel is available for exterior use. Copper and brass may be special ordered either raw or cleaned, polished and clear-coated. Many of the ceiling panels are also available as a drop-in. Panels specified in the gallery as a drop-in can be trimmed in order to lay into a standard 15/16″ drop-in grid system. They lay reasonably flat, however clips may be used to secure the panels.”

Check out the fine tine Ceiling patterns of the W. F. Norman Corporation here.

Learn more about W.F. Norman Corporation here.