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112064 John Crum <jcrum12@c...> 2002‑12‑02 brass casting shops?
Hallo GG's,

Does anyone know of any brass casting job-shops? I think I want to do
some lost wax casting of a few tools...

thanks,

jc

112070 "James Iwanicki" <jiwanicki@a...> 2002‑12‑02 Re: brass casting shops?
John,

Was looking for hardware (shoulder thumb screws)to replace on a spoke
shave, and came across this site in PA. They say they do lost wax casting.
  
http://www.peerlesshardware.com/casting.htm  

 Don't know anything about them but hope it will help you get going.  Let
me know how you make out.  Got a couple of things I would like to get cast
some day.  That's when I getaroundtuit.

good Luck
Jim


112181 Russ Allen <rcallen@x...> 2002‑12‑07 Re: brass casting shops?
Dave Swanson wrote:

> Sorry for such a late reply to this thread, but I have an old reference
> to: ABC Manufacturing & Foundry (773 826-3413).  I believe that they are
> somewhere in IL, just outside of Chicago.
> I really don't know much about this company, but I do believe that several
> Galoots visited the place.

   ABC is no longer in business.  Wes and I attended the auction so
some of its posessions will live on.  They did sand casting rather
than lost wax.  Another nearby foundry has the patterns from ABC
(including some of mine) and does sand casting.  They can be reached
at the old ABC phone number.  The other foundry is American Precision
Castings- somewhat confusing as its initials are APC.  Pictures of
our trip to ABC were lost with the demise of @home.com.  Did anyone
save a copy?  It was part of the Galootapalooza III recap.
http://www.galootapalooza.org
   As for lost wax, the community college near my house offers a
continuing education class in it through the art department.  I'll 
think I'll take the class sometime soon to expand my horizons.

Russ Allen


112180 "Dave Swanson" <daveswanson@t...> 2002‑12‑07 Re: brass casting shops?
John,

Sorry for such a late reply to this thread, but I have an old reference
to: ABC Manufacturing & Foundry (773 826-3413).  I believe that they are
somewhere in IL, just outside of Chicago.
I really don't know much about this company, but I do believe that several
Galoots visited the place.

Dave
(Lurking... hesitantly looking down (up) "the slippery slope")


112182 Wesley Groot <wesg@e...> 2002‑12‑07 Re: brass casting shops?
Alas, Dave and non-ferrous casting Galoots.
 
It was located just west of Pulaski on Kinzie street, on Chicago's west
side. It opened in the fifties as ABC Pattern and Foundry, it closed
it's doors officially this year after being bought out by another
company a couple of years ago called American Precision Casting also in
the Chicago area. The company that purchased it systematically laid off
the employees (some of whom had 30 years under their belts) and moved
the customer business to their plant. 
 
The last family owner of ABC, Alan Cervenka, treated Russ and I like
real patternmakers. Letting us cast whatever patterns we came up with.
His father, Chuck was in the process of retiring when I walked in the
door. He used to walk through the pattern shop while I was working on
something and tell me about the old days. As is usually the case, I
appreciated Alan's generosity immensely, but failed to fully comprehend
the magnitude of my good fortune until it was too late. 
I still have many photos of the place including some archival material
that Alan gave me.
I'll put a page or two together about the place when I can.

Cheers,
Wes

Dave Swanson wrote:
> 
> John,
> 
> Sorry for such a late reply to this thread, but I have an old reference
> to: ABC Manufacturing & Foundry (773 826-3413).  I believe that they are
> somewhere in IL, just outside of Chicago.



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