Field Trip: HOT, HOT Iron Pour



What could be better in February in Minnesota than a 2800 degree hot iron pour? That’s just what happened on February 15 at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia, MN.  All photos in this post are by my sister, Nancy J. Spiegel Rosman.

DremelandsandThe molten iron is poured in molds made from sand/resin blocks.  An action shot of me carving the block with a Dremel when I visited my sister in January.  You have to love a sister (and her dh) that took the trouble to secure a block for me in advance.

mymoldMy finished mold.

molteniron2800Molton iron pouring out of one of the two furnaces fired up for the pour.

fillingmoldPouring the molten iron in my mold.

Grindingmine Grinding my finished piece.  I am waiting until I see the artwork in person to show it in its entirety.

But here is Nancy’s mold with the finished artwork (with some sand still to be cleaned out) below.


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  1. 1

    Thanks, Jan, Lura, and Maggi for your comments. I am awaiting the results also!

  2. 2

    What a fantastic way to create art.

  3. 3

    Wow, this is amazing! I had no idea of this process — fascinating! Can’t wait to see the finale!

  4. 4

    Virginia this is so cool, will look forward to seeing your finished piece. The Iron Range is near and dear to my heart, nice to see this art form in the state where iron mines were so important. Learned this summer that the model for the miner statue in Chisholm, MN was someone my parents knew.