Bronze casting at Pete Johnston's Foundry,
Little Harbour
This photo essay had several contributors: Scott Burchard, abceram. cookie909, and Motuiti; thanks to everyone! You can see Pete and company's artwork at his gallery in Little Harbour.
"The Man," Pete Johnston
Melting the base metal
Stirring the pot (crucible)
Preheating the "purification" glass
Preheating additional metals
Adding more "ingredients"
Removing impurities
Creating the wood gas "cap"
Prepping sand in the pit
Donning protective garb
Setting and capping molds
Raising the crucible
The crucible clears
Rigging it to the pit
Last pour
First pour
Finishing touches
The Old Man and the Sea