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The Knight Foundry Alliance offered its second all-day class on sand casting and foundry practice at the historic Knight Foundry last Saturday, March 7th. Students learned about the metal casting techniques used historically by the Foundry and were able to create their own sand molds and use them to cast iron and aluminum. So first you play in the sand, then you play with super-hot liquid metals. The Knights Foundry Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to restoration and preservation of the only water-powered foundry and machine shop in the United States. The Foundry will be open for its next tour days on March 14 and then April 11. 

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On Saturday, April 11, two special demonstrations will be going on all day. Expert docents will be making sand castings and pouring hot metal to create beautiful artifacts reminiscent of days gone by. Outside, docent Gary Barnes will be demonstrating tinsmithing, using tools and techniques that are over 150 years old, and he will be dressed in period costume. As ever, visitors will enjoy a self-guided tour in the Foundry complex, talking with docents and marveling at the magnificent machinery that’s still intact and operating.

For more information contact the Knight Foundry Alliance at 209-560-6160 or theknightfoundry@gmail.com