The Victor Trading Co. & Manufacturing Works, high in the Colorado Rockies, has had their cutters featured in Good Housekeeping, Holiday Best and Country Home magazines. Sam and Karen Morrison have a tin shop filled with antique equipment. They hand bend all their cutter, which are made of genuine tin plate and use only lead-free solder. The tin shop, known as VICTOR TIN WORKS, offers over 2700 designs, specializing in reproductions of historical cookie cutter designs. Custom cutters from customer's drawings are also available.
Their cutters have a brass tag "Maker, the Victor Tin Works, Victor, Colorado". To receive their new 63 page catalog with over 2700 designs, send $7.00 (postage included) to Victor Trading Co., PO Box 53, Victor, CO 80860. Visit their web site: VictorTradingCo.com or email at: Mail@VictorTradingCo.com.
Tinsmith, Al Moorhouse, has made cookie cutters since 1993 under the business name ASM Cutters & Things, 2763 310th Street, Cannon Falls, MN 55009. Telephone is 507-263-4757. They are made in the USA of quality tin plate in outline designs. Backs and handles are available upon request for additional fees. Special ordered cutters are available from your designs. Ask about being a wholesale customer. For a brochure send $3, to see the over 800 cutter listed.
He and his wife Lori, have relocated to Ludington, Michigan, where they renovated a 100 year-old house and became quite active in their community. Not surprising, Lighthouse cookie cutters have become a popular item. In Fall of 2006, they purchased some property and moved "out of town" by a couple of miles. The new workshop is now attached to the house.
Frank enjoys designing/making custom "one of a kind" cutters for making cookies and for other applications such as custom cakemaking, candlemaking, cutting out small ceramic objects, or whatever a customer wishes to use them for. His cutters have been as small as 3/4" across to as much as 16" high, single or multiple. If required, he adds backs, bracing, and/or handles. His cutters are engraved with a small "FC", usually near the joint.
He also makes custom aluminum cake pans, gingerbread house cutter sets, and other custom items. Many of those are shown on his website, www.frankencutters.com/fc , as well as some "FrankenHistory" and pictures of some "FrankenTools". You will also find some photos taken at the CCCC Conventions in Pittsburg, Kansas, and Pittsburgh, PA..
He no longer keep "stock" cookie cutters; but makes "custom" items, made-to-order. To receive a free quote, you can contact FC at the link on the website, or write to:
into this venture began Thanksgiving of 2001. We have always had the
dream of working at home so we could spend more quality time together
as a family. With very little money($10 to be exact) and no work, Eric
hand formed our first shapes using a few strips of copper he had: The
Original Tree, Gingerbread Man, and Large Snowman. We offered them in
a gift set to family and friends for Christmas presents. Everyone
loved them! Thus began our special home-based business. We now have
over 300 shapes and are continually expanding our collection. Eric
still forms each and every cutter by hand without the use of
machinery. I (Jamie) enjoy packaging each cutter, as well as
conversing with you...our customers. We print all of our own tags
right here in our home. Our children help us as well and especially
love cutting out the shapes & sampling the many cookies we make
when we test our latest cookie cutters. Together, we share ideas on
new designs and improvements.
Our cookie cutters are a labor of love from start to finish.
The Border family,Eric, Jamie, Victoria, Olivia, Ezekiel, Ezra, Levi and AsaEric & Jamie Border
HOBI Picture Cookie Molds
P.O. Box 25
Belleville, IL 62222
We are very sad to report the death of Ed Fox on September 6, 2006.Ed and Mary Fox started their business when they made their first cutters for a fund-raiser for a twins support group, of which they were members. Ed's work was approved by the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild in March 1972, thus began The Little Fox Factory. They were the first smiths to join the Club and have made CCCC cutters for many years including 1983, 1987, 1988, and 1995. During the years, their five children also helped in the factory, and Kevin continues the tradition by contracting his own Art and Craft shows around the country. Ed often helps Kevin with his shows, too. Through the years they have been featured in many magazines. Their heirloom cutters are made to be treasured over the years. They still make cutters for special groups along with offering their standard cutter catalog. Their patterns number well past 500, plus other varied designs for specific projects. To receive a brochure which features over 300 different cutters, send a #10 SASE and $1.00 to: The Little Fox Factory, 931 Marion Rd., Bucyrus, OH 44820.
H.O. Foose Tinsmithing Co. is a family business started by H.O. Foose in the early 70's by Hormon O. Foose. With his passing in 1997, and the retiring of his wife, Maria in 1998, the tradition is proudly carried on by his family. They currently make tin cutters, backless and without handles. Foose agreed to make our 2000 membership cookie cutter, The Golden Gate Bridge.
Emery Strohm Sr.
Your webmaster has just received word (12/5/03) that after more than 60 years of making cookie cutters, Emery Strohm Sr. will be retiring from the cookie cutter business. Sadly, this moves the following paragraph into the past tense. We all congratulate Emery for his craftsmanship and wish him well in his Second Retirement!What did a "tin man" do after retirement? He made cookie cutters! Known locally in Brookville, PA as the "Tin Man", Emery Strohm, Sr. has been a tinsmith for over 60 years. At 81 years young, Emery worked about 5 hours a day making about 1500 cookie cutters annually for folks who wanted something special. He fabricated hand-made custom cutters for individuals from their designs and patterns sent to him.
It is with much sadness that we learned of the
passing of Emery Strohm Sr. on August 19, 2004.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW -- What a Ride!"