University of WisconsinWhitewater art and design students participate in the annual Makerspace iron pour. This year’s event is today. (Submitted photo)

Wisconsin Makers Inc. will host its fourth annual iron pour on Saturday, April 13.

Area residents are invited to this event at the regional Makerspace, located at 200 E. Clay St., across from the American Legion in Whitewater.

It will be held rain or shine, with indoor activities in the event of cold or inclement weather.

The doors open at 9 a.m.

Spectators are welcome to watch the pour team — Teresa “Tree” Lind, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater lecturer of art and design, and her students melt cast iron in an outdoor furnace much the same way that cavemen did 3,000 years ago.

The only modern technology they will use is a leaf blower and, of course, modern safety gear. Once the iron is heated to 3,200 degrees, the team will fill sand scratch molds with molten metal.

At noon, Lind and her students will begin pouring the cast iron, and they will present the completed castings to participants at 2 p.m.

“This is an experience you won’t want to miss,” Wisconsin Makers member Lynda Babcock said in a news release, adding that past iron pours have drawn nearly 100 attendees. “Your iron mold sculpture will be a truly one-of-a-kind design of your own making.”

Persons wishing to create squares — which make great trivets, garden “stones” and decorative art — will be able to do so from 9 a.m. to noon.

They also may attend a free workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (April 11) at the Whitewater Makerspace.

People may sign up for the iron pour and purchase scratch molds for the workshop via EventBrite at Facebook.com/WisconsinMakers. Each scratch mold costs $25 and includes the free workshop.

Also on Saturday, attendees can take tours of Wisconsin Makers.

“We have many areas of interest to makers,” Babcock said. “Our metal working area will be demonstrating welding and a ‘foundry in a box.’

“There also will be an area to create hardware art from a large pile of nuts, bolts and hardware for kids,” she added.

Brats will be available for $3 and chips and soda for $1 each.

For more information, to register for the iron pour workshop or to learn about memberships, visit wisconsinmakers.org or its Facebook page, call 262-753-6455 or email Babcock at wisconsinmakers@gmail.com.

 
 

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