Before the Tin Man

In April 2002 “Before the Tin Man V2.0” was released. The name was influenced (in part) after a 1987 movie called “Tin Men” starring Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito and Barbara Hershey. It was named “Before the Tin Man” to reflect what society used to do for siding and venerating the countless, antique decorative shingle projects already hiding under Aluminum. Of course, aluminum siding is now out of fashion and the modern equivalent is vinyl or cement board. 

The Outer Wrap for V 2.0

Before the Tin Man was distributed in data CD format as a multi-platform, run-time database. This format allows searching certain shapes or other criteria. It has over 800 photos of decorative shingle projects and 500 drawings of various installation spacings and combinations. It was reviewed in Fine Homebuilding #152, It went on to become an important resource for Heritage societies, architects, designers, siders and builders as well as those planning their own decorative project.

“…The designs range from the traditional half-round scallop effect to some that are as mind-bending as an Escher print”.

Mike Guertin – Fine Homebuilding #152

Before the Tin Man V 3.0

Finally, after almost 2 decades, an update to Before the Tin Man is about to be released.
One of the last niche products to be completely overlooked in Man’s quest to make everything as complex as possible, Decorative Shingles have now been brought up to date. Today’s desire for unique, customizable, and durable exteriors or feature walls can now include previously unexplored and unexploited shapes and combinations. There’s now no reason to do the same design twice!

Two Versions – Inspiration and Pro

Before the Tin Man – Inspiration is designed for those interested in decorative shingles as a possible treatment for their own home or business. Although exact specifications have not been finalized, It will contain hundreds of photos of decorative shingle projects as well as printable vector templates for basic shingle shapes as well as thousands of pages of assembled designs in pdf format.

Before the Tin ManPro includes everything in the inspiration version and has over 1000 vector templates of shaped shingles from the simple to complex. These vector shapes can be used like a lego kit for designing your own borders, gables or experiments. They can also be easily printed for full size templates for projects. There are thousands of pages of pdf examples of shingle shapes installed at different exposures and keyline spacing. All files are unlocked and the templates are in .eps format so can they can be used with many drawing and drafting programs. All vector files were authored and are compatible with Illustrator 6.0 and later.

Before the Tin ManPro includes around
• ≈ 750 photos and renderings of decorative shingle projects.
• ≈ 1100 Vector shingle templates
• ≈ 10,000+ vector pdf pages of examples
• Vector templates for creating parallel sine waves from 1/2 shingle width to 8 shingles wide with various amplitudes.
• Complete, 6 course address numbers for integrated address numbering (Century Schoolbook)
• So much choice, you won’t be able to choose!

Before the Tin Man – Inspiration will be a digital download and around 2GB in size. It is scheduled for release in the fall of ’21.

Before the Tin Man – Pro will be a digital download and around 4GB in size. It is scheduled for release in the fall of ’21.

Exact configuration of the two versions is still to be determined. Upgrades from the inspiration version to the Pro version will also be available.

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