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Making household items from metal

Published:Saturday | September 27, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Chicken feed pans made by Morris Sammon.
Morris Sammon on the job.
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Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer

PORT ANTONIO, Portland:

FOR MORE than 35 years Morris Sammon has been providing a special kind of service to the people of Portland - making household items and equipment using metal.

Sammon operates a tinsmith shop near the corner of Allan Avenue and Harbour Street. He has been toying with metals since he was 12 years old, a trade that he learned from his father, who was popularly known for making items using metal.

"I actually started making things using iron about age 15 years. Over the years, I basically created my own style and design, and I experimented a lot, which is probably the reason for this business growing. I specialise in making burners for gas stove, grater, feeding and water pans for chickens, and cake tins. Watching my father, back then, I learnt how to make a whistle, and after grasping that, I basically started making other stuff using metal on my own. The type of service that I provide for the people in this parish is in high demand," Sammon told Rural Xpress.

The tinsmith's ability to deliver quality work and on time is his most valuable trait.

Best at what I do

The 54-year-old, who was an acrobat, performing somersaults, doing the thomas flair, and walking on his hands, left the entertainment scene in the 1980s to concentrate full time on his first love.

And with a family to support, including two children, one attending high school and the other in primary school, Sammon said the switch was the right one.

"I like to make things with my hands and my skill gives me the opportunity to do just that. I have passed on this knowledge to others, who have since branched out on their own. I am the best at what I do, and I am happy that I made the correct choice of sticking to what I learned from my father. I am willing to assist anyone who wishes to learn this trade as I believe strongly that one's talent and skill should be shared."

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