Announcements

A majority of your patterns are printed or printed.  We did have a failure in printing a couple of layers of a few files that I will have to reprint (a couple of the cube shaped things mostly).  Please check on Dropbox and make sure I have your file listed. Some of the files were excessively large and so I reduced them (if I did you will see at 50% or at 75% after its name). Also check the files for the molds and make sure I have those as well.  I will begin printing them tomorrow.

Make sure that I have photos of you with each of your final castings.  This is one of the ways I keep records – I need these images for your grades.  If you missed one of the steps in a casting (such as you were in the middle copper pour) get me any images of your mold (look in the dropbox file) and a rough sketch of your pattern.  If you missed a step completely, you still may be able to make it up by doing an extra pattern in wax for shell.

As you remember each of you will have a task.  I will start listing them below.  If you see something you want to help with please let me know.  Also I will most likely be doing the evening dips on your shells for you – I will want you to team up and do the morning ones (two people per day dips all the shells).

Cleaning out the upstairs so that we can put foundry equipment in storage for next year.
Lining cupola top
Doing repair work on cupola bottom
Lining ladle
Helping with the bronze furnace
Finishing the mold kiln (Will, I think you may have been volunteered)
Replacing the bottom of the CMA kiln (Adam)
Returning the equipment to CMA
Helping with 3d prints – if you had ME 480
Helping to mix and maintain shell
Cleaning up and packing up my cupola when the pour is over to send it back to me

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About skaad

Professor Laura West, head of Sculpture at Fresno City College, has been casting iron since her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University in the late 1980's/early 1990's. This is where her first iron furnace was built. Professor West continued her studies at Idaho State University and then became part of the teaching staff at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture before moving to Fresno, California. Although Professor West has run and built furnaces of a wide variety of sizes, types and situations, she specializes in smaller furnaces and beginner crews. Laura is known internationally for her iron casting skills. Her small tap out iron cupola which melts 100 lbs/7minutes and has been used in classrooms and workshops from coast to coast. This furnace alone has seen over 30,000 pounds of iron flow through it. Professor West was even a member of a small crew of people who poured iron north of the arctic circle in Alaska. Laura's work has been exhibited internationally and focuses on the placement of cast figurative elements within installation and environmental formats. In the past several years, her work has expanded to include the use of digital technology and rapid prototyping. This research focuses on the use of digitally produced molds and patterns for use with cast metal.
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