I took a trip up to Renfrew today to pick up the patterns and castings that I had dropped off last Thursday and to see the pouring for the patterns that I had dropped off on Friday. Today was going to be a sad day as this was the last day that Imbleau's, after 160 years, would be pouring iron.
When I arrived, molten iron was running continuously from the foundry into the large crucible.
From there, each worker would place their smaller crucible on the ground. The foundryman would then tip the large crucible and red-hot molten iron would pour into their crucible.
A large crucible suspended on a travelling crane was placed near this part of the operation and the workers would empty the molten iron into the larger crucible. Three workers would then manouver the large crucible into the rows of large sand molds and align the lip of the crucible until it was exactly into the right position to pour the molten iron in the sprue of the sand mold. The crucible was slowly tipped forward and molten iron poured into the mold.