Rob Gorrell - Folk Artist

It's a fresh new year! Time to clean the shop, get recharged and create new functional folk art.

Sometimes you just have to admit that your lousy at something.

Rob GorrellComment

I have trying to take photos of my work for years. Anybody else remember slides? It just seems to be something that I do not have the knack for. No matter how many “You can take great product photos with no equipment” YouTube videos I watched, I just couldn’t get what I needed.

Recently I decided to bite the bullet, cowboy up and hire a pro. Local photographer Michelle Waters of Michelle Waters Photography came to the workshop and spent the afternoon taking photographs of my lanterns. We did a whole series of clean background shots and several along a great old whitewashed brick wall. We had planned to do some working shots to show how I work but ran out of time. Project for another day.


I am very happy with the results of Michelle’s work and will be using her work throughout this site. Special thanks to my sweetie Shelley for helping me decide to do this and to Michelle for the great work!

There are new photos of the lanterns that I have in the shop and ready to ship. You can see the lanterns by clicking here.

Shop for great lanterns for the holidays.

Rob GorrellComment

I have been working away in our shop making up a variety of colonial lanterns. I have been updating designs, trying new finishes and trying to reproduce some historic designs that are new to me. This has created a variety of finished lanterns that I decided to put on sale at the last minute for the holidays.

All of the sale priced lanterns are complete and ready to ship. My website has been updated to make figuring the shipping costs easier and more accurate. If you are outside of the US, please contact me directly and we will work out the shipping and customs requirements.

Sophia’s Round Lantern, green.

Sophia’s Round Lantern, green.

Alex’s Square Lantern, red.

Alex’s Square Lantern, red.

Ava’s Round Lantern, black.

Ava’s Round Lantern, black.

Thank you for checking out my lanterns. I wish everyone a peaceful and happy holiday season.

Back in the shop with better prices on lanterns!

Rob GorrellComment

We are finally settled into our new old house and have our workshop in decent shape.  It is a great old fixer upper on a street lined with massive Sycamore trees, two blocks from everything fun to do in town.

OK. Kidding, not our house. This is The Castle, a local landmark and museum that is well worth visiting.

We are back to making things between the many, many, house projects and yard work, but will not be getting out to any trade fairs this year. Just too much to do.  But there is good news from the tin shop side of things.  As I have settled in to the new workspace and taken some time to upgrade my tools and patterns, I have found several ways to speed up my methods and reduce waste. Yeah!   So I am dropping the prices a bit on all of my lanterns.  You can see the new prices in my shop on this website.


New pricing on lanterns!

I am also taking on some custom work including a hearing trumpet and a metal sheath for a Civil War dagger. More to come on those later.

We have moved.

Rob GorrellComment

Hi folks. Shelley and I finally made to move to Marietta Ohio. We have wanted to move here for a long time. It is a great little historic town and has a nice variety of things to do withing walking distance of the house.



As always happens, moving in and getting set back up is taking longer that we expected.  So it will probably be March before I am ready to start accepting new orders.

I am looking forward to working out of the new shop and hope to see you in the spring.