It’s the Metalcasting Link Parade!

We find and are directed toward a lot of interesting metalcasting-related web pages. But unfortunately, we don’t have the time to do something with all of them. So here, for your enjoyment, are a few cool links that have fallen through the cracks over the past couple of months:

Think your little brother should do some art casting? If he lives in Shafer, Minn., he can head out and give it a shot: Hot Metal Pour

Here’s a look at a metalcaster who was in the press for both a cool casting and for slumping business: 7/7 Memorial Firm ‘In Difficulty’

And a good photo and story about “the world’s first cast iron bridge”: Ironbridge and the Industrial Revolution

This link won’t have your siblings pouring works of art, but it will take you on a tour of a metalcasting facility and sculpture garden: Shidoni Foundry

This museum dedicated to metalcasting opened in Australia last month: Museum Pays Tribute

Ever wonder from where the Vatican gets its bells? It’s a metalcasting facility in Agnone, Italy, and it’s “beginning to fear for its future”: Vatican Bell Foundry

Speaking of bell casters, the Queen of England visited one several months ago: Queen’s Visit

Even in hard times, this automotive diecaster has found a positive spin: Kentuckiana Company

Heard metalcasting is declining in high school?  Tell that to Tates Creek High School: Tates Creek Students

Seeing Shakeout in Action: Poole’s Cast Iron Balls

This month’s Shakeout column, “Dropping Cast Iron Balls on Your Stuff,” highlights the work of Smith Foundry artist in residence Jim Poole.

As indicated in the article, Poole designed and produced several cast iron balls for the Minnesota State Lottery’s Daily Drop introduction spots. After you’ve seen the explanation and photos in Shakeout, watch the dining room table and aquarium spots with your own eyes on YouTube.

Pretty cool stuff. Also, in case you were wondering, yes, we did say that Jim Poole is an “artist in residence” at Smith Foundry in Minneapolis. According to Poole, the metalcaster allows him access to the facility for his art, to help others with their art and to do projects that advance the business.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Poole said.

(Note: Look for a letter from Poole describing his situation in the August issue of MODERN CASTING.)

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