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The Cannon Project

November 16, 2012

Images of the cannon barrel

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.




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November 14, 2012

News from the cannon project

Setting the mold in the pit.

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 … Continue Reading »

June 6, 2012

Success eludes; but progress is plentiful on the cannon project

Thursday’s pour was one of those half-full, half-empty glass days. But, in the end, I am certain that the half-full was way more important than the half-empty.

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May 24, 2012

Fires are burning in the cannon furnace

Quick update:

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 … Continue Reading »

May 11, 2012

An update from the cannon project

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.

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November 4, 2010

The June cannon pour

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.

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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.