Battery

I’m excited and honored to have a new piece installed on the Mon River Trail in Morgantown WV for the next year.  There are a number of new pieces from regional artists that are currently going in, and it’s nice to see the city investing in local work.  Stop by while jogging on the rail trail, see whats been installed.

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New Cupolette Furnace

Our new furnace “Sputnik”

A short video of the recently fabricated furnace at WVU which will be used at the fall 2013 Iron Pour on 11/08/2013.  After some minor tweaking and a new switch on the blower motor, it started to really churn…

Fabrication Day

Finally, a solid day of fabrication in and lots of progress made.  The cleanup on the casting isn’t quite where I want it to be yet, but a few tweaks and it will be ready for paint and some rust.  I haven’t cast a large-scale concrete piece in a while, so I’m excited to get that ball rolling soon.  The first few are process pics of the drilling out of the cast iron hinge, and the fabrication of the steel mounting bracket.  The last few images are of the fabricated components sitting down in the concrete form work, they will need to be centered and supported once the concrete is poured.

Investment Prep

Rubber and Plaster Molds for Waxes

The Sculpture II students are learning how to make make two and three part molds of their original objects, so they can pull wax positives for lost-wax investment castings.  A few shots here show projects in various stages, from making the molds, to pulling the waxes, to spruing up the wax systems to be invested in a plaster/sand concoction.  Ultimately, these will be burned out and filled with bronze or aluminum at the metal foundry at West Virginia University.

The New Crop of Shoes

Fairmont State Foundations

It’s that time again, and our talented 3D Foundations students at Fairmont State University have not disappointed.  With only a few rolls of masking tape and two weeks of class time, these artists recreate custom footwear, keeping a direct 1-1 scale with their source shoes.  For more information on how the 3D and Sculpture department is progressing, follow my blog!

Iron Falcons

FSU-WVU Iron Pour

The inaugural Fairmont State Iron Pour was resounding success, and everyone who participated had a blast, literally.  We want to thank our com-padres from WVU who made the trip down to our foundry to make some hot iron art, and we definitely expect to expand on this great collaborative event.  We also want to thank all of the businesses who donated materials and equipment to help get our endeavor off and running, and the faculty and staff at Fairmont State University who bent over backwards to give us the space to pull this off.  Dylan Collins, Sculpture Faculty at WVU and I will be presenting some of our research at the Nor’Easter Cast Iron Conference in Buffalo in a few weeks, then we plan on  implementing some more iron pours into our curriculum, as well as the bronze and aluminum foundry processes-

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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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