Look closely for the step supports we sand cast in aluminum and the bronze handles and other details throughout the car that were cast using the lost wax process. These rough castings are shipped to their factory where they are finished and installed.
Just had this article published by the Copper Development Association’s magazine, Copper in the Arts.
Carolina Bronze: Sculptural Puzzle Solving
By Courtney H. Diener-Stokes
Captain Jack by Chas Fagan.
Sculptor Ed Walker dabbled in a lot of experimental materials before developing an affinity for working with bronze.
“It’s a lasting material,” he says, recalling a time when bronze proved itself. “It has stood the test of time and people trust in it. During the ‘60s and ‘70s, a lot of sculpture was experimental and some of it didn’t hold up and some did.”
Aside from his own work, the Seagrove, North Carolina-based artist’s 25 year-old business, Carolina Bronze, depends on it. “We specialize in fine arts bronze casting and fabrication,” says Edward’s wife, Melissa, who is a painter and printmaker in addition to being the V.P. and marketing director of the business. Their clientele consists of artists, architects, museums and non-profits. “Artists would be our biggest clientele,” says Melissa, particularly those who hail from the East Coast.
Carolina Bronze recently had the pleasure of working with Virginia Tech University to create a large scale class ring for installation on the campus.
The Big Ring features a side recreated from the 1911 ring and the university side of the 2011 class ring. The bezel includes the shield of the seal of Virginia Tech and the linking chain of class numerals – 1911 on one side and 2011 on the other. The CAD models were created by Balfour, the current Virginia Tech ring company. The prototype modeling and casting using the lost wax technique were done by Carolina Bronze Sculpture. The final finishing work was completed by Professor Emeritus Steve Bickley who also oversaw technical aspects of the project. For more information about the project, visit Big Ring.