History of Brian Greer
Brian Greer is the founder and owner of Brian Greer’s Tin Ceilings, located in the village of Mannheim, 125 kilometres west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At that location you can find Brian’s showroom, which also serves as a shop, home, museum, and studio.
Brian Greer started his career as a tinsmith in 1962 apprenticing with Earl Waddell from St. Marys, Ontario, who had been working in the metal trade for over fifty years. Brian has worked with tin, copper, brass, stainless steel and other metals for over fifty years, and his experience and love for metal working is apparent in the quality tin ceiling products, and other custom metal work that his company, Brian Greer’s Tin Ceilings, manufactures and ships all over the world. Brian Greer’s tin ceiling tiles have been shipped to over 40 countries to date, and are shipping to more countries all the time.
Brian Greer has always had a fascination with the things from the past. In his showroom, which doubles as a museum, shelves and walls are lined with turn of the century tools, and household items that were used for working with, or are manufactured from various types of metal. On the ceilings you can find various combinations of tin ceiling tiles, moldings, fillers and cornices all hand painted in various finishes to accentuate the beautiful pressed designs. Here in neat rows, are everything from wall mounted candle holders, to tin lamps with beautiful punched hole patterns through which light escapes when the lamp is lit, to a variety of antique metalworking books and tools from years gone by. In the front of his showroom is a restored antique truck with a tin ceiling sign that has become a recognizable landmark for visitors from near and far.
Brian Greer is pleased when others enjoy and appreciate the past as much as he does, and appreciates the opportunity to bring history back into the present day through his business to share with future generations. Although his tin ceiling products have been manufactured from various metals such as copper, galvanized steel, or aluminum, Brian has always created the majority of his tin ceiling products using tin plated steel. Tin plated steel offers many benefits in comparison to plastics, styrofoam and other materials. Brian Greer’s tin ceiling panels are historically accurate and are made with the same materials that were used over a hundred years ago. In most cases the tin ceilings outlast the hundred year old buildings that they are installed in.
If you would like more information on his company, Brian Greer’s Tin Ceilings, and the various tin ceiling tiles, moldings, fillers and cornices that his company produces, check out the company website. If you would like to see a video showing more information on the history of Brian Greer, or his company Brian Greer’s Tin Ceilings, check out this video.