Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cast Iron Art





After an iron pour, scratch block molds (top photo) are placed on gravel to cool.

Below, you see several etched blocks as they appeared before the liquid iron was poured inside the squares. The chemically treated sand was etched by nail or dremel tool.

The iron pour was held by Alabama Art Casting, a nonprofit arts education group, at The Foundry during Selma's recent Historic Pilgrimage. The group is based at Tannehill Historic Ironworks Park and will have its next demonstration, Sparks at Dark, at Tannehill, May 25.

The art blocks can be used as shelf art, garden sculptures, trivets and even house numbers.

6 comments:

Lois said...

That is really fascinating. The next time they have an iron pour here, I'm going to have to try and go!

Babooshka said...

This are so cool. To use cast iron like this was inspired.

Jacob said...

How often do they do this? It is a wonderful idea. They would be a unique addition to anyone's home or property.

Halcyon said...

Cool! Did you buy one?

oldmanlincoln said...

That is pretty darn neat. What a nice thing to do or be able to do.

Jana said...

That is really cool!