Learn how to use all the tools necessary to cast hot metal using sand-casting technology.
James McMullen will cover the basics of pattern-making, sand molding, and bronze casting during this engaging hands-on course. Students will make patterns of their designs to cast tools, boat hardware, and other objects in bronze. Boatbuilders in particular often need special bronze fittings that are not available but can be cast without great expense. Anyone who has ever lost an oarlock will appreciate learning how to make copies of original hardware. Students also will learn how to build their own inexpensive furnace. Patterns will be provided for student use.