Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lions at theFoundry. My Day Job

I'm the administrator at Kalispell Art Casting a bronze foundry. I've worked here for 15 years now. The foundry was established in 1979 and is still owned and operated by the same 2 men. We do work for artists from all over the USA and Canada - mainly from the West.



We just finished casting a pair of very large bronze lions. The artist is Scott Lennard.








The above 3 photos are of one of the lions almost finished. The color of the raw bronze is gold. The next (and final) stage is patina.























By applying chemicals, our patina artist changes the color from the raw bronze golden color to what we call a "standard" bronze patina. The artist picked the lions up yesterday to take to an art show. Onto the next project....











10 comments:

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Wow, what a fascinating career path. It seems a messy job for the workers but very rewarding. Looks like it could be fun ... at times.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

So incredibly beautiful. What a fascinating career indeed & one to be most proud of.

Have a great Sunday!

mangocheeks said...

I too have to begin with a WOW!

Thank you for allowing us to peek into your day job. So fascinating. The bronze lions are awesome, you can see a lot of the detail in the photographs. I especially love the 7th picture where it appears you (I hope its you) are stroking this magnificent beast. Just imagine if it were real. Awesome.

Cait O'Connor said...

Those lions are impressive, your job must be interesting.

Diary of a Tinyholder said...

Hi Katherine,

Thanks for visiting my blog and buying tickets. I've added your ticket numbers to the list.

http://diaryofatinyholder.blogspot.com/2011/01/raffle-deadline-tomorrow-8pm-uk-time.html

Thanks

Sian

Winchester whisperer said...

I love those! Have you ever seen the lions in Trafalgar Square?

Beatnheart said...

Hey there. Just found out your friends with Cynthia at Wertz Brothers...how cool is that! She’s a fine lady, I really like her. Is that you doing the patina? You know my husband is the local patina dude, works mostly in copper and bronze. thanks for visiting don’t be a stranger...

Joanna said...

What an interesting post! Rosie and Henry are DELIGHTFUL, so sweet together. I'll be back later for a longer look - gotta cook the lunch now!

Thanks for following my blog, I'll be following yours too now. I love how yours is so varied.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Wow!
Very Trafalgar Square.

Belichek said...

this is amazing work )))))))))))