Nautical Foundry Pattern, 20" Industrial Shipbuilding Mold, Urban Decor

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This industrial, wooden foundry pattern was designed and manufactured by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company in Pennsylvania. We later salvaged it from a nautical collector's warehouse in New Jersey, as seen on the DIY Network show, "Salvage Dawgs", Season 9, Episode 8.

This pattern was used to cast a part of a ship or nautical component. It features an interesting, round shape and solid wood body. It measures 19.5" x 19" with stamped and hand painted markings show the manufacturer, as well as other hand painted details. This is the perfect, authentic decorative piece from the American industrial machine era.

Weight: 30 lbs.
Item Measurements: 19.5(L) x 19.5(W) x 9(H)

About Foundry Patterns:
Foundry patterns are hand-fabricated by skilled tradesmen known as patternmakers. It takes many years of experience through apprenticeships and trade schooling in the fields of carpentry, mold making, and tool and die making to achieve this title. Many view patternmaking as an art-form due to the precision and skill required to build a pattern by hand. Nowadays, retired foundry patterns can be repurposed or upcycled in a myriad of ways; from rustic wall art to funky furniture.

About the Foundry Pattern Process:
Molding material, such as sand, would be packed around this pattern inside of a casting flask. The sand is then compressed in a process known as ramming. When the molding material reaches the proper density, the pattern is removed. Molten metal is then poured into the cavity created by the positive mold. Once the metal has cooled and hardened, the sand is then broken away and the metal casting is removed.

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