Rebuilding the Dragon

The Iron Cupola is being pulled out of retirement

In a collaborative effort with West Virginia University, the Sculpture department at Fairmont State University is working towards completion of our cast iron foundry.  The furnace or “cupola” melts iron in temperatures up to 3000 Fahrenheit, and is a labor-intensive endeavor on its own, so the additional prep work of cleaning and re-lining the rust covered hulking steel contraption will require many hours I don’t seem to have anymore.  Luckily, the faculty, staff, and students at WVU and Fairmont State are chomping at the bit to get this project up and running so we can pour hot iron by the end of October.  A few pics are attached of the furnace in it’s current state, I will continually update the progress as we move along this fall-

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