Step one is creating a wax mold from the clay an artist has sculpted.
This is this foundry's first machine-tooled piece:
I should have noted that our sign isn’t being cast, as in this process in the photos above. It’s being made by a whole ‘nother technique that includes, I think, the design being water-jetted (?) out of 2 sheets of metal and Chris welding all the pieces together in layers. We can’t wait to see the finished product!
I should also have noted that Chris is an avid homebrewer who, judging from the looks of the 2 new kettles he’s got in one of the warehouses, brews on a much larger scale than Tatum’s and my experiment of a couple of weeks ago. (Which, by the way, I’m supposed to be bottling today. It turns out the bottling is a lot more tedious than the brewing. All that sterilizing. Ugh! Can’t there be a blue-cheese-type of beer, where we say the bacteria is good for you? [And the answer to that, apparently, is yes! Let the bacteria thrive and call it a lambic or a sour or somesuch, and you've got not contamination but style. I'm certain Linsey -- and Heather and Luke and Jesse and Steve and Tim and myriad other good homebrewers -- would be horrified by this interpretation of lambics and sours. Future H&D customers, never fear. They aren't letting me brew!])