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  Creating Skipper II

Creating Skipper II
A Photo Journal

Photos and commentary provided by Paul Huffman Jr.

A pattern was cut out of wood, using Paul's measurements of a 3-Inch Confederate Field Rifle obtained at the Gettysburg Museum. Above, the pattern undergoes finishing touches.

Each pattern half is placed in a wooden flask built especially for that pattern. Shown above is the drag, or the bottom half of the pattern, in its flask with styrofoam gating in place.

Above: Making the mold. Sand is poured in each flask and molded by hand around the pattern. A method known as "nobake molding" was used, which involves adding chemicals to the sand that will allow the mold to set up as hard as concrete.

Below: The completed mold for the drag (bottom half)

 

 
  
 
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