Small Foundry Work & Pattern Making
Small foundry work is a metal working technique where you melt metals and cast them in a mold to make useful objects. The techniques are ones you can learn to reproduce at home. Instructors Paul McGuire and Russ Allen and assistant Joe Rafacz take you through the process of making a small foundry furnace, creating molds in green sand, and creating your objects using aluminum.
Begin with mixing your own sand and making a small furnace. Different fuels, furnaces, and crucibles are discussed, including pros and cons of each. The challenges of patterns and molding are explored.
You will learn to pack a flask with the mold and carefully pour the molten metal into it. Students will learn different techniques for duplicating objects.
Enjoy the experience and enthusiasm of great instructors. Bring a small, simple object for use as a casting pattern.
- “[We] thought the class was excellent, with hands-on and visual teaching. We feel that we can continue to do home foundry work.” -student, 2009
- “[I] liked the variety of methods and castables. Both instructors are knowledgeable but from different approaches, which worked well. Good meals and atmosphere.” -student, 2009