November 16, 2012
Historic trades poured the barrel of a light three-pounder October 25. The resulting casting shown here is still covered with mold material and flash and is actually prettier than it looks. Next, the barrel will be drilled and polished.
November 14, 2012
It looks like we have a barrel! With many of the same folks at the furnace as this past May, we made a pour on Thursday, October 25. The experiments, records, and insights that came out of the spring attempt had been applied methodically as Jason …
June 6, 2012
May 24, 2012
Turns out that we do not have the connectivity to set up a webcam out at the furnace, but we will try to post pictures as they are available.
In the meantime, we began preheating the furnace on Monday and have been heating it slowly since with a fire at ground level in the …
May 11, 2012
Our apologies for the absence of recent posts to the cannon blog. Historic Trades’ attention has been focused on the Armoury project and a host of smaller undertakings around town, but a group of folks has been working diligently behind the scenes to get ready for another pour.
November 4, 2010
This June’s attempt to pour the light three ended in disappointment. It is pretty obvious that the bronze “froze” at the inside end of the tap hole as it started to flow. It wasn’t hot enough to run—that was one problem at least. There might be others we have not yet uncovered.
This project is possible through a generous gift by the Ambrose and Ida Fredrickson Foundation. Research assistance was provided by Firepower: The Royal Artillery Museum, and the National Park Service. We are grateful to the Museum Restoration Service and The Royal Artillery Historical Trust for the use of their images.