Back to the future

Back to the future

Up to this point, most of my previous posts have been written retrospectively. As far as this blog was concerned, I was having to play catch up with past events. Well, now the blog has caught up I can continue by documenting my current activities as they occur …

… which is very exciting as I have grand plans afoot! And what better time to post an update, as this week saw the arrival of my new furnace!

The shiny new Alloys of Copper furnace!

This is doubly exciting as it marks the beginning of a new chapter in my bronze casting journey. It represents the time when I can begin casting my own projects at home and not rely on workshops or courses to get my bronze “fix”.

The furnace burner.

The furnace itself came from Artisan Foundry. Probably not the cheapest out there but I would argue that it is very solid and well made. Obviously, I have yet to put it through its paces however this very design of furnace is used by Will Lord. We used it on his bronze casting workshop and it appeared more than capable for our needs.

The furnace can take crucibles up to the following dimensions:

  • Top outside diameter 124mm
  • Bottom outside diameter 86mm
  • Height 152mm
  • Brass capacity 6.8kg
  • Volume 0.9 litres
  • This is equivalent to a Salamander Super A-shape crucible up to A5

That should be plenty of capacity for everything I will want to do.

Top down view into the crucible chamber. The furnace represents the heart of any casting workshop, metaphorically and symbolically.

The next job is to compile a shopping list for all the remaining tools, safety equipment, and materials I’ll need to kit out the Alloys of Copper workshop. Once I have these things, I can then properly get started with some of my own projects.

Exciting times! 🙂

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