First a Word from our Lawyers...

Working with metal (molten or otherwise) is inherently dangerous, and you run a very real risk of injury or even death if you have an accident. The information on this website is for entertainment purposes only, and I can't begin to describe a complete set of safety practices for working with metal. If you are a bit of a klutz, don't try working with metal! If you have an accident, don't blame me! Having said that- wear steel tipped work boots, wear coveralls, wear a full face mask and wear heavy leather welding gloves. Don't rush your work. Think carefully about what you need to do. Always be comfortable, attentive and calm. Don't work with or around people who are distracting or don't know what they're doing.

Introduction

When we build things in the shop we often follow a process of subtractive modification (cutting and tossing the things we don't want) followed by additive assembly (joining the pieces together in some way). Casting departs from this. With casting we use the gravity and the flowability of liquids to create an object as a gestalt. With casting we can make objects that are difficult to make by other means. By price/performance considerations a charcoal fired foundry is one of the best tools out there, and as an added bonus, casting is fun! So- how do we do it?

In the early 80's Dave Gingery published a book describing a home brew charcoal fired foundry, intended mostly for the melting of Aluminum. These days the book can be purchased from Lindsay books. I don't have much to add to Dave's book- but I do have a few construction and usage notes that may be of use to other builders, so read on as I build and use the Gingery Charcoal Foundry.