Cool Stuff Being Made: Laran Bronze

By March 8, 2008Cool Stuff Being Made

Finally, a video about manufacturing that features the pouring of molten metal! Sometimes, you just want to see a foundry at work.

And this week’s Cool Stuff Being Made brings us the Pennsylvania foundry — and much more — at the Chester, Penn., operations of Laran Bronze. The company’s website does a great job of telling its story:

Laran Bronze is a fine art foundry established in 1984, owned and operated by Larry Welker, his wife Diane Welker and brother Randy Welker. The company is located in Chester, Pennsylvania, in a large complex that was once a part of the shipbuilding industry. Over the years, Laran Bronze have perfected the art of bronze casting, from miniature to monumental….

Laran Bronze has been selected for several high profile projects like the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. “The War Memorial commission is the most important of my career,” stated Ray Kaskey, sculptor for the Memorial, “I wouldn’t want to entrust the casting to anyone I didn’t have the utmost confidence in.”

As a fine art casting foundry, we combine age-old skills with the latest materials and technology, including resin bonded sand casting, and digital 3D scanning and enlarging. Our large facilities allow for work at practically any scale.

Diane Welker does the honors this week, taking us through the facility and the process of molding and casting sculptures. And yes, lots of high-tech manufacturing processes and materials at work.

Thank you, Pennsylvania Cable Network from sharing the video with “Cool Stuff Being Made.”

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