A loosely referenced internet gleaning of “TINKER STUFF”

for the tinker.name family website.*


Author's Note

There are 12 pages of Tinker Info with 26 Topics


History  -  Toys   -  Sports  -  Animal  -  Law  -  Men

Myth  -  Film  -  Books  -  Environment  -  Politics

Language  -  Plants  -  Women  -  Genealogy  -  Science

Military  -  Television  -  Shopping  -  Museums


] Traveller Tinkers

Irish Travellers, sometimes known as "itinerants" or "Tinkers," are a very small minority group in Ireland. They make up less than 1% of the population with approximately 23,000 people in the Republic and another 1,500 in the North. It is also estimated that there are about 15,000 Irish Travellers in Britain and another 7,000 in the USA. Irish Travellers (spelling is distinctly British) belong to a distinct ethnic group within Ireland. They have their own language, beliefs and social customs, which have been made stronger over time due to their exclusion and marginalization from mainstream "settled" society. Occasionally Irish Travellers have been confused with the Roma or Gypsies in England, who despite centuries of coexistence, cultural interchange and limited intermarriage, remain a distinct people.


The Gaelic Travellers were referred to as "Tinkers". This word referred to their occupation as tinsmiths and metalworkers and was derived from the Irish word "ceard" (smith) or "tinceard" (tinsmith). This word is now generally used in a derogatory sense. Most of the Travellers' traditional crafts such as spoon-mending, tinsmithing and flower-making have gone by the way now as a result of urbanization and the introduction of plastic and industrial technology.


The Celtic Travellers are historically considered a minority culture in Ireland. On a website about Irish Travellers' contribution to folk music and poetry:


“The music and singing of the Irish Travellers have been in decline since urbanization and the arrival of television. Fewer Travellers now rely on singing and making music for their livelihood as in times gone by. There are a number of theories as to the origin of the Irish Travellers. Their secret language, Shelta, and the evidence of various historical references to them would seem to indicate that they are the remnants of an ancient class of wandering poets, joined by those who were pushed off the land during different times of social and economic upheaval such as Cromwell's campaign of slaughter, the Battle of the Boyne (1690) and the Battle of Aughrim (1691). Many of the Travellers may also be the descendants of people who were left homeless as a result of the Irish potato famines of the nineteenth century.”


In 1999, an un-named advocate devised a fascinating website devoted to the to The Travellers, regarding the controversy of the Travellers as a distinct subculture. I shall share some quotes from this shy author who is otherwise so passionate about the “Tinkers.”


“There is evidence of the existence of such nomadic craftsmen and traders in Ireland going back almost five thousand years, well before the invasion of what would become the dominant race there, the Milesian Gaels. There are even hints of such antiquity in our language and customs.”


He quotes a Dr. Michael Flynn, a medical doctor closely affiliated with the Travellers in 1999:


“There is a present-day argument for the respect of the Travellers (remember “tinker” is derogatory in Ireland) and the remains of the culture, language, and beliefs. Many today in Ireland would still like to see a definite end to the Travellers as a sub-culture there. Some such critics are polite and reasonable, giving at least lip service to the desirability of maintaining a superficial Traveller culture (shorn, of course, of certain perceived elements that they despise or dismiss). Some others are crude and bigoted, demanding nothing less than cultural extermination. I do not myself believe that the "assimilation" of Travellers into either the Irish or the American mainstream culture would be desirable. Our unique spirit very much depends on an atmosphere of cultural cohesion and physical freedom that is impossible to duplicate inside the "melting pot" of the conventional way of life in either country. Yet in both we are treated more as a criminal class than as a creditable ethnic minority, often for the flimsiest of reasons; so I have to ask myself: What parts of the "assimilationist" argument have merit, at least as a jumping-off point for a negotiated settlement, as it were, acceptable to both Travellers and Country People?”


Flynn details a full 45-point list of suggestions on how to best support this subculture within present-day Ireland. *


*As defined by Dr Flynn: he strongly supports the integration of Travellers into the general community by abandoning caravans and occupying standard houses. While living in houses, Travellers can retain all their cultural separateness, if they so wish, including travel for business or employment or summer breaks.


This website also offers poetry, fiction, and Q&A about the Travellers…i.e., “Tinkers” See  http://www.travellersrest.org




zTinker in Celtic Fairytale

The Queen of the Tinkers in Seamus McManus' Hibernian Nights

It also appears in Ruth Sawyer's Way of the Storyteller as The Princess and the Vagabone.

--An unruly princess in rebellion against her father, is offered to the first eligible man she will take - a gypsy tinker - though the offer to marry the crown prince remains open till the wedding day - she accepts his wandering life of misfortune - finally turns down the crown prince at the wedding to be with her tinker - only to discover the tinker is the crown prince testing her love for him. Tinkers, Vagabones, are i.e. Gypsies.


xTinker's Damn

Not worth a tinker's damn is a phrase that is often uttered, although most people who say it nowadays have no idea what a tinker is. There is also considerable confusion over the word damn in this phrase, which is often spelled dam.


A tinker was an itinerant tradesman who mended pots and pans. The name could derive from either the sound of a bell that the tinker rang to announce he was in the neighborhood (perhaps the name Tinkerbell from Peter Pan is an allusion to this practice), or it could be an onomatopoeic phrase for the tinking sound he made as he worked on the pots and pans. This explanation first appeared in 1440, and Samuel Johnson in his 1755 dictionary agreed with it.


Many etymologists agree with Dr. Johnson, but there are those who disagree as well. The earliest cite in the OED2 dates from 1265 and is a surname, "Editha le Tynekere." This one is also of interest because it refers to a trades woman not a man. Other sources date the surname Tynker as early as 1252, and the Scottish form, tinkler dates to 1175. The verb to tink meaning to mend a pot dates only to the fifteenth century, and the words tink and tinkle, referring to the bell or metallic sound, date only to Wyclif's translation of the Bible in 1382, 1 Cor 13:1:


I am maad as bras sownnynge or a symbal tynkynge.


Presumably, the verb would have come first, but it could have existed outside the surviving literature or it could be a backformation from tinker.


It is possible, and perhaps probable, that the word comes from the word tin, the material with which the tinker worked.


But what about the damn? Some say that it should be spelled dam because it is not a curse, but rather a term for a method used in mending pots. The tinker would use a piece of bread, or other soft material, to plug the hole he was mending to prevent his solder from flowing all over and escaping. This dam was worthless after the pot was mended, and was discarded. Therefore, a tinker's dam was a worthless bit of detritus. Brewer's notes this explanation, but does not take a position. The OED2 calls this a "baseless conjecture."


This explanation seems strained. Also, Rawson notes that the earliest use of the spelling dam in the phrase dates only to 1877, while the phrase tinker's damn was used in 1839 by Thoreau, and the OED2 cites usage of tinker's curse as early as 1824. Dam is probably a Victorian bowdlerization, and the explanation followed to justify it.


Similarly, some have suggested that the dam is a reference to the tinker's horse, usually a worthless nag. Not only does this explanation share the problem with dates, but also dam does not mean horse; it means mother. A horse has a sire and a dam--a father and a mother.


The origin of the phrase is most likely the simplest explanation. Tinkers had a reputation for cursing, and a tinker's damn was not worth much because tinkers damned everything. 


bTinkertoy ®

Charles Pajeau invented Tinkertoy Construction Sets. Pajeau was a stonemason from Evanston, Illinois who established The Toy Tinkers Company. Nearly one million sets were sold in the year following the introduction of Tinkertoys at the 1913 American Toy Fair in New York. Watching children poke sticks into the holes of thread spools inspired Pajeau.





w Tinker Bell / Tinkerbell ®

Tinker Bell is the jealous pixie that glows brightest for Peter Pan. Her voice sings like a tinkling bell and a sprinkle of her pixie dust can make you fly. But this sprite can turn spiteful if she suspects that Peter's attentions are diverted to anyone but herself. It is bad enough that she has to compete with Never Land's other adoring females (the mermaids and Princess Tiger Lily), but now Peter's brought back this Wendy person from London. Tink would lay down her life for Peter, but he's too busy playing Wendy's hero to care. Somehow, she'll find a way to settle the score, even if it takes eliminating the competition.


In Sir James M. Barrie's original play, Tinker Bell is traditionally staged as a flying point of light beamed from offstage. Animator Marc Davis' personification of her as a winged pixie with a very womanly figure was widely criticized as too sexually suggestive by Barrie purists, especially after it was rumored that she was modeled after actress Marilyn Monroe. Tink was actually modeled after Margaret Kerry, the actress who performed her live-action reference.


The popular Miss Bell went on to a second career as TV hostess for Disney's anthology series ("Disneyland®," "Walt Disney Presents," "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color," and "The Wonderful World of Disney"), and Tinker Bell still flies through the sky over Disneyland every night in the summer to herald the evening fireworks.

Film: "Peter Pan" (1953)     Live Action Model: Margaret Kerry





% Miss Tinker Helps Retired Women in the Arts

The Annie Tinker Association for Women helps older women- who, have worked mainly in the arts or related fields, never earned much of a pension, and whose families can't help out-remain in their homes. There are currently about 50 beneficiaries, mostly in New York City, women who have worked mainly in the arts or related fields, who never earned much of a pension, and whose families can't help. They are living alone at home but cannot quite afford it. The Tinker stipends are small-now $150-$250 a month-but enough to make a real difference in quality of life.


"Whatever Tinker does is a dessert," said Jean Murai. She met me at the door of her Greenwich Village apartment wearing a loose white cotton dress with tiers of ruffles, Mexican-style, and showed me into a cozy studio apartment, a baby grand piano at the center and lively clay sculptures crowding the shelves. A singer and a collector of folksongs from around the world and a self-described "typical rabble-rouser," Murai organized her own group, the Latin American Cultural Society, sang with Pete Seeger when he was 19 and first came to New York, and made a record titled "Mama, I Want a Husband."



LTinker Tailor Soldier Spy

When it was first broadcast in September 1979, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was greeted with opposing voices as "turgid, obscure, and pretentious" or as "a great success." It is in keeping with the ambiguous nature of John Le Carré's narratives that one can simultaneously agree with both formulations without contradiction. As Roy Bland, paraphrasing Scott Fitzgerald observes: "An artist is a bloke who can hold two fundamentally opposing views and still function". The obscurity is a consequence of the themes of deception and duplicity at the centre of the narrative: to those who, like Sir Hugh Greene, prefer the moral certainties of Buchan's version of British Intelligence, Le Carré's world will not only be difficult to follow but morally perplexing. On the other hand, the success of the serial was not only demonstrated by good audience ratings but by general critical acclaim for the acting, a judgment ratified by subsequent BAFTA awards for best actor (Alec Guinness) and for the camerawork of Tony Pierce-Roberts. Ambiguity persisted in America where the serial won critical acclaim when shown on PBS but failed to be taken up by the networks.



m Tinker to Evers to Chance

When baseball fans think of multiple outs on one play, they probably think of "Tinker to Evers to Chance," thanks to the second-most famous baseball poem of all-time (after "Casey at the Bat"), penned by Franklin P. Adams in 1910:


 Baseball’s Sad Lexicon

These are the saddest of possible words:

"Tinker to Evers to Chance."

Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,

Tinker, Evers, and Chance.

 Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,

Making a Giant hit into a double —

Words that are weighty with nothing but trouble:

"Tinker to Evers to Chance."


Shortstop Joe Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers (pronounced EE-vers), and first baseman Frank Chance played together in Chicago from 1902 through 1912. The Cubs won four pennants during that span, with the Giants also winning four (the teams finished one-two in five of those seasons). The three players were elected to the Hall together by the Hall's Old Timers' Committee in 1946, certainly in large part because of the Adams poem. Some have suggested that the poet deserved enshrinement more than the players. Tinker, Evers and Chance were all solid players, but they were hardly immortals in their own rights. Ah, but surely they were a great double-play combination, as the poem attests.


Wrong. The trio of bear cubs played regularly as a double-play combo from 1903-10. The Cubs never led the National League in double plays during that period. Even allowing for the fact that the Cubs allowed fewer base runners than other NL teams in this era, thus presenting fewer DP opportunities, it is clear that Tinker, Evers and Chance were little more than an average double-play combination who stuck together for a long time. As analyst Bill James says, "Tinker to Evers to Chance surely was not the greatest double-play combination of all-time, and probably was not the best in baseball at that time. They were good, but they were B/B+ good, not A/A+ material." But, perhaps because their names roll off the tongue better than "Wagner, Abbatichio and Swacina" (Pittsburgh's infield unit of that time), Tinker, Evers and Chance gained immortality. Bill Deane, Sportswriter for the Daily Star, Saturday, August 23, 2003



PTinker Field is located in Orlando Florida, part of the Citrus Bowl Complex.


 T  The Fowl-est Tinker

According to Audubon Society, a common coastal seabird, the Guillemot, of Britain is nicknamed ‘tinker’ or ‘tinkershire.’


GUILLEMOT (Fr. guillemot -), the name accepted by nearly all modern authors for a sea-bird, the Colymbus frolic of Linnaeus and the Uria froile of Latham, which nowadays it seems seldom if ever to bear among those who, from their vocation, are most conversant with it, though, according to Willughby and Ray his translator, it was in their time so called by those of Northumberland and Durham. Around the coasts of Britain it is variously known as the fowl, kiddaw or skiddaw, langy (cf. Ice. Langvia), lavy, marrock, murre, scout (cf. CooT), scuttock, strany, tinker or tinkershire and willock. In former days the guillemot yearly frequented the cliffs on many parts of the British coasts in countless multitudes, and this is still the case in the northern parts of the United Kingdom; but more to the southward nearly all its smaller settlements have been rendered utterly desolate by the wanton and cruel destruction of their tenants during the breeding season, and even the inhabitants of those which were more crowded had become so thinned that, but for the intervention of the Sea Birds Preservation Act (32 & 33 Vict. cap. 17), which provided under penalty for the safety of this and certain other species at the time of year when they were most exposed to danger, they would unquestionably by this time have been exterminated so far as England is concerned.


Part of the guillemots history is still little understood. We know that it arrives at its wonted breeding stations on its accustomed day in spring, that it remains there till, towards the end of the summer, its young are hatched and able, as they soon are, to encounter the perils of a seafaring life, when away go all, parents and progeny. After that time it commonly happens that a few examples are occasionally met with in bays and shallow waters. Tempestuous weather will drive ashore a large number in a state of utter destitution many of them indeed are not infrequently washed up dead but what becomes of the bulk of the birds, not merely the comparatively few thousands that are natives of Britain, but the tens and hundreds of thousands, not to say millions, that are in summer denizens of more northern latitudes, no one can say. This mystery is not peculiar to the guillemot, but is shared by all the Alcidae that inhabit the Atlantic Ocean. Examples stray every season across the Bay of Biscay, are found off the coasts of Spain and Portugal, enter the Mediterranean and reach Italia waters, or, keeping farther south, may even touch the Madeira, Canaries or Azores; but these bear no proportion whatever to the mighty hosts of whom they are literally the scouts, and whose position and movements they no more reveal than do the vedettes of a well appointed army. The common guillemot of both sides of the Atlantic is replaced farther northward by a species with a stouter bill, the U. Anna or U. bruennichi of ornithologists, and on the west coast of North America by the U. California. The habits of all these are essentially the same, and the structural resemblance between all of them and the Auks is so great that several systematizes have relegated them to the genus A lea, confining the genus Uria to the guillemots of another group, of which the type is the U. gryila, the black guillemot of British authors, the dovekey or Greenland dove of sailors, the tryst of Shetlanders. This bird assumes in summer an entirely black plumage with the exception of a white patch on each wing, while in winter it is beautifully marbled with white and black. Allied to it as species or geographical races are the U. Manti, U. Columbia and U. Cano. All these differ from the larger guillemots by laying two or three eggs, which are generally placed in some secure niche, while the members of the other group lay but a single egg, which is invariably exposed on a bare ledge. (A. N.)


$ Pet Peeve or Pet Name?

Tinker, Tinkerbell and derivations are popular monikers for pets and animals.  Love it or hate it, it is here to stay … for example, Paris Hilton’s constant companion, her Chihuahua named “Tinkerbell.” Here are some web sites of folk who were compelled to show off their Tinker-pets. If you are equally compelled, go for it!








--These are seven of 200 sites!



jBy the way…Virgin Atlantic has a 747 named Tinker Belle …go figure.



z Tinkers Develop Hemerocallis

It isn’t something discussed in most families, but there are Tinkers involved with the <GASP! > American Hemerocallis Society. Naw, this is not a group to cure a social disease, the AHS is The American Patriot Daylily Society. Tinkers Gardens figures prominently into the research and data basing of the nearly 50 thousand daylilies listed. http://members.cox.net/patriotdaylilysociety/links.htm



y The Mayflower Tinkers

            The following website is a list of the Mayflower’s passenger list. There are two Tinkers listed, simply as Thomas Tinker, over 21, white and married, and Mrs. Tinker, over 21, white and married. http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ridge/2216/text/MAYFLO.TXT


Thomas Tinker was one of the 22 signers of the Mayflower Compact signed November 1620 stating they had left England for freedom of religion…and was a founder of the settlement in Massachusetts. Little is known of the details of his life. See http://www.dasharpe.com/geneology/Mayflower_Story.pdf


-Another genealogy site has a complete DATE history of Tinkers from 1565 –1924.  That is a lot of Tinkers to sort through! http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~dav4is/ODTs/TINKER.shtml


" Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, published in 1974, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, it is often read as an example of American nature writing or as a meditation. Annie Dillard, the author, resists these labels, preferring to think of the book as a theological treatise. The book is frequently described as a collection of essays, but Dillard insists that the work is an integrated whole. Perhaps it is because the book succeeds on so many levels that it has been so widely read and admired.


The book is a series of internal monologues and reflections spoken by an unnamed narrator. Over the course of a year, she walks alone through the land surrounding Tinker Creek, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, Virginia. As she observes the changing of the seasons and the corresponding behaviors of the plants and animals around her, she reflects on the nature of the world and of the God who set it in motion. The narrator is determined to present the natural world as it truly is, not sentimentally or selectively. Therefore, she is as likely to reflect on a frog being sucked dry by an insect as on the slant of light that strikes a certain springtime tree. Whether the images are cruel or lovely, the language is beautiful and poetic, and insistently celebratory.


*Also see Tinker Mountain.


t A Global Tinker

The Tinker Foundation Incorporated

55 East 59th Street, New York, New York 10022

Tel: (212) 421-6858 • Fax: (212) 223-3326 • E-mail: tinker@tinker.org

Internet: http://fdncenter.org/grantmaker/tinker/

Dr. Edward Larocque Tinker created The Tinker Foundation in 1959. His lifelong interest in the Iberian tradition in the Old and New Worlds directed the Foundation's overall focus on Latin America, Spain and Portugal. More recently, the Foundation has included in its mandate the support of projects concerning Antarctica, a region of significant interest on an international scale.

-Scandal suggested:

http://www.transparency.org/toolkits/2001/dnld/ch8_transp_election/8.programme_transp_financing_argentina.p d



I US Government Tinker

Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma   Motto: “That’s Team Tinker”



,  Protesting Tinker

Tinker v. Des Moines School District 1969

US Supreme Court case of 1969

Re: wearing of black armbands to school to passively protest government policy in Vietnam.   Complete case shown. http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/comm/free_speech/tinker.html


r  The TV Tinker- Grant Tinker

Grant Tinker had a very successful career in television in television production for over 35 years, married to Mary Tyler Moore, scandal in quiz show jeopardy.





O German Tinkers

There are a great many connections to Tinkers and German heritage, which are vague but insistent, and I haven’t the chance to follow through at this time. However on the geneology sites, many of the individual claim to be both Tinkers and German.  The sites below are in German, for those interested.




u  Environmental Debate - Tinker Island, Maine

Erick Swanson is a long-time salmon farmer who started up his own operation when Maine's aquaculture industry was still young. Like the rest of the industry, his operation has matured in its level of sophistication and standards. Now, in keeping with the latest in regulatory requirements, he is aiming to institute a system of best management practices, which involves, among other things, the separation of year classes, site rotation and fallowing. To do so, he is seeking to lease 54.7 acres east of Tinker Island in Blue Hill Bay, in order to install up to 12 floating fish pens. This would allow him to have three sites all together, one for each of two year-classes and a third to lie fallow.


Arrayed against Mr. Swanson, during Department of Marine Resources hearings on his applications for new and expanded sites, is a host of environmentalists, shore land property owners and land stewards concerned about the impact a Tinker Island site would have on the public enjoyment and utilization of the area. In their arguments against Mr. Swanson's application, attorneys for interveners Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Conservation Law Foundation and Friends of Blue Hill Bay interrogated him on his financial ability to operate a new site, administrative lapses at his existing Hardwood Island site, and benthic and biological impacts at Hardwood over the years and their ongoing remediation.



J Annual Tinker Day!

At Hollins University, WV, each October there is Annual Tinker Day, which features:

*          7 a.m. sound of chapel bells. 

*          climb Tinker Mountain

*          sing original class songs

*          enjoy a plentiful picnic

*          present class and new faculty skits

*          wear a Tinker Day costume

*          (remember to shop at “Happy’s”-Wash before wearing-for your costume)

*          faculty, staff, and administrators and their families are encouraged to participate. No pets



-NO SMOKING or ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES on the trail or on the mountain.

-The “Senior Rock” will be marked on the outer limits; please take care not to go beyond these points. It is important that students do not “walk off” by themselves at any time throughout the day.

-Do not drink water from the spring on the trail; bring your own water, especially if it is a warm day.

-Clean up after yourselves.  Leave no litter on the mountain or trail.

-The Hollins Outdoor Program (HOP) Coordinator will carry a first aid kit up the trail and a first aid station will be located on top of the mountain.

-The HOP Coordinator will have access to emergency care through the use of the security radio should the need arise.

Please LOCK YOUR ROOM OR APARTMENT before you leave for the hike.

-A Health Services van will leave at 9:00 a.m. from the loading dock.  If you are unable to climb the mountain and will need a ride, call Health Services Remember that our route takes us through other people's property and on to someone else's mountain, so please be courteous.

-The hike up Tinker Mountain is not a stroll in the woods; it is a real hike. Be prepared for some strenuous activity.




6  Twilight Zone Tinker

Bizarre, very short story about “Mr. Tinker” who may be delusional or a spy. You be the ultimate judge. The story is entitled “Judging A Book.” <no author is cited> Site is called ANSIR Mad Tea Party the link is http://personal.ansir.com/teaparty/arcadian5.htm


^ Calling Molecular Chemist Tinkers!

WOW, Check it out! Tinker software for Chemists! Here is a sample: The TINKER molecular modeling software is a complete and general package for molecular mechanics and dynamics, with some special features for biopolymers. TINKER has the ability to use any of several common parameter sets, such as Amber (ff94, ff96, ff98 and ff99), CHARMM (19 and 27), Allinger MM (MM2-1991 and MM3-2000), OPLS (OPLS-UA, OPLS-AA and OPLS-AA/L), Liam Dang's polarizable potentials, and our own AMOEBA polarizable atomic multipole force field. Parameter sets for other standard force fields such as GROMOS, UFF, ENCAD and MM4 are under consideration for future release…http://dasher.wustl.edu/tinker/


H Tinker Museum

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, Il 61102  815.964.2424 http://www.tinkercottage.com/

The stunning twenty-room Swiss cottage that Robert H. Tinker built on a limestone bluff in 1865 was the brainchild of a nine-month world tour. Tinker, a prominent Rockford industrialist, philanthropist and artist, incorporated stone and wood to create the flowing eaves, beautiful woodwork and painted murals that he saw while traveling through Switzerland, The Netherlands, and other countries. The Tinker library alone, with its unique octagonal shape and Walnut spiral staircase, was built with seven kinds of wood and remains a fine example of Tinker's personal vision.


Standing near the site where Rockford was founded, the cottage has been a public museum since 1943. Thanks in part to the Tinkers' own efforts at recording their lives, Rockford historians have kept the cottage and the Tinker grounds true to their Nineteenth-century roots. More than 99 percent of the artifacts and personal items that fill the cottage's rooms belonged to the Tinker family. This allows visitors to experience an accurate portrait of what life was really like for a midwestern family duringThe Gilded Age.


fTough-Guy Tinker and his Wheels

Short fiction with main character named ‘Tinker’ entitled Tinker's Dam by Robert Garitta published in on-line Driving Tigers Magazine http://www.io.com/~cjburke/dtm/issue04/tinkerdam.html


SAMPLE:  Now there are some people out there who have the impression that Dooley's is a tough joint. Not quite true. Dooley, the mother of all barkeeps, is tough. Anyone pulling rough stuff in her joint will be skinned. In fact, there were rumors that certain favored regulars had seat covers with tatoos.


Of course, she still liked the tough joint aura. That was why she was miffed when Tinker waltzed in and ordered a wine cooler. Still, he was a regular. Most people knew him in here, which explained the gradual edging away as he sat next to me.


"Hey, Lucky. How ya doing?" he said.


"Okay. How's the inventing game?" I asked.


"Terrible. I have inventor's block. I haven't built anything in a month." I caught the soft sighs of relief from all around. Tinker was midway through his wine cooler and missed it. They were still talking about his last invention, and clearing the debris. If I ever found out who gave him that copy of "The Guns of Navarone", I'd kill him.


                 @At Brown University Library, in the Special Collections Department, there is a Tinker Collection of 19th and 20th Century American Literature. I seriously doubt the above author’s work resides therein. http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/libs/hay/collections/



R Another doctor your HMO won’t cover

Dr. Tinker (aka David Laughridge) is a train doctor, an antique toy train and writes extensively about his work.




:Tinker Commerce (And some of us LOVE to shop!)

As of 8/10/04, there are about 1,600 items on EBay linked to the word Tinker, which you may bid on for purchase. I did a speedy survey. 90% of these items were directly related to Disney’s Tinkerbell. [Strangest Item: 3 Tinkerbell Menstrual Pads priced at $9.99 – there was one bid!] The remaining 10% were equally divisible among items such as Peter Pan items (with Tink in scene), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy items, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek book, ‘Tinker to Owen to Chance’ items and player cards, and Tinker Toys. I also noticed a Tinker Warez team jersey, A Tinker Thomas Teddy Bear from the UK, and a Catherine Cookson paperback entitled The Tinker’s Girl.


- Chef Jamie Oliver from the UK sells a plain but classic bowl for 7.55 pounds called, “ Little Tinker” Bowl. http://www.happy-online.co.uk/product/1554873.html


- Love My Shoes offers a mid wedge slip on-sandal called ‘The Tinker’ regularly $160, it’s now on sale for $70 at http://www.lovemyshoes.com/products2.cfm?ID=11677&nav_chooser=category&field_text=CHARLES%20DAVID


YThe End…for now. I may tinker <ooops! > with this crazy listing again someday! 

 Love, Gaily Tinker


* When I wrote “A loosely referenced internet gleaning of “TINKER STUFF” for the family website and any other interested readers.” I am stating casual use of the materials. I intended to note all sources, but some of the initial information ‘got away’ from me. If there are any comments, please contact me politely at getinkerbell@yahoo.com




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