Rhyl, United Kingdom
Dinorwig Quarry Workshop V2
At the Dinorwig Quarry workshops, Gilfach Ddu, Llanberis, north Wales, UK wooden patterns could be made on the site for any metal object which was required in the workshops. This image shows some of the larger wooden patterns which are now hung on the wall of the foundry at the Welsh Slate Museum, near the stairway which leads to the pattern workshop. After they had been completed, the wooden patterns would then be taken to the foundry where they were placed in wooden boxes. The boxes would then be filled with sand and the wooden pattern would be removed, leaving a mould which could then be filled with molten iron.
The pattern makers were highly skilled workers who produced many intricate and complex patterns. At Llanberis, the majority of the patterns were made by members of one local family, known as 'teulu Patrwm' (the Pattern family).
Description based on the Welsh Slate Museum Guidebook (2002). Dinorwig Quarry closed in 1969
August 13th, 2013
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