I am really looking forward to the Society for Industrial Archeology Fall Tour this year. It will be held in Nashville, and looks like it will be a lot of fun. I won’t release many details on this site, but the official site can be found here.
I will also see about organizing a student club this year at New Mexico Tech. I’m already involved in quite a few clubs, so I’ll see what I can do. I really want the metal casting club to remain active, so that is probably my main focus. However, there is so much overlap between metal casting and industrial archeology, that perhaps students will be interested in both.
The metal casting club, better known as “What The Foundry” was started last year. Unfortunately, (well for me, anyway), my two most interested students graduated in May, and I don’t think they really found replacements, so we may have to start over from scratch. The club uses my propane-fired small furnace for melting aluminum. We have cast horseshoes and some parts for a viking shield, though more things were in the works, until Senior Design class kept them busy for their final semester.
I’ll keep you posted on both the Fall Tour and the student club as things develop.
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