“Frank is a craftsman of the old school who takes great pride in his work.”
Gwathmey Siegel & Associates
Our metal castings are done in the traditional manner. This means that an original carving is made by hand out of wood or plaster. When this carving is completed, a mold is then taken from the carving to make a pattern for casting. From the pattern, a female porcelain form is produced. The molten bronze is then poured into the female porcelain. When the bronze cools and hardens the porcelain is then cracked away leaving us with a rough bronze casting. The rough casting is then cleaned, chased, and polished. The polished casting is then either ready to use or ready for silvering. If the casting is to be silvered it must be polished again after this process. Other finishes include gold and polished nickel.
Production of castings involves a number of different artisans, including wood carvers for the original form, pattern makers for the molds, foundries for the casting, metal workers for the cleaning and chasing, platers for the finish and polishing. This photo depicts the three stages of casting; wood pattern, rough bronze casting, and finished polished and plated sabot on leg.
This assembly of professionals yields not only the highest quality castings, but also limitless possibilities to cast any part of a piece of furniture or accessory. Even the most complex castings can be accomplished. Please contact us with special concerns.