In February, Dave Rittmeyer Hoosier Pattern Customer Care & Additive Manufacturing Manager and his wife Joy went to Madison, Wisconsin, to check out the 2022 Pour’n Yer Heart Out: 13th Annual Community Iron Pour Event.
This gathering hosted by FeLion Studios is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill type of event — not at all. Instead, this all-day-long event allows members of the community and those already in the industry to experience the process of metalcasting through engaging demonstrations.
Before the Pour’n Yer Heart Out meeting, Hoosier Pattern’s Dave Rittmeyer printed a coat rack mold and other small souvenir molds with the company’s state-of-the-art 3D sand printer for participants to pour iron into this design. Hoosier Pattern, a supporter of this gathering, is an “Iron Level” sponsor for this event.
Participants ranged from 5 to 90 years old, all with diverse skill and experience levels, from novices to experienced artists. This eight-hour event had a unified theme: to melt 3,000 pounds of molten iron to create hundreds of unique cast-iron artworks. The objective of this unique event was “to make something with our hands that will last longer than us.”
As the day progressed, hot molten poured into hundreds of molds. Many visitors, artists, students, and professionals closely watched with excitement as these unique iron castings began taking shape and form into works of art. FeLion Studios explains that the lessons and experiences learned by watching or participating in this event develop a sense of excitement for everyone involved.
At the end of the day, many observers and participants witnessed hundreds of fantastic and beautifully-designed castings. Dave brought back to Decatur, Indiana, two castings of his coat rack design along with other creative castings from other participating artists and professionals.