Iron50: Annual U of M Iron Pour 2019

Foundry Tree was at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Iron 50: the 50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour on May 4th, 2019. Thirty-four new people were photographed and added to the Foundry Tree database. Many thanks to Tamsie Ringler for inviting me and including me in the many events. I am grateful to be apart of this final event at the UMN that honored Tamsie and Wayne Potratz. I met many people who are continuing the 50 years of iron casting traditions forward in Minnesota and beyond. Here are some images of the people and things that were going on at the time of the Foundry Tree photoshoot.

Videography by Kevin L. Callahan
Pour Floor cleanup
Courtyard cleanup
Alumni Reception meeting between Tom Christiansen and Tim McClellan
Iron Pour t shirt exhibition
Foundry Tree photo shoot setup

NCCCIAP at Sloss, 2019

Foundry Tree was at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices on April 5th and 6th, 2019. Over 120 new people were photographed. Many also had their photos updated for the 10 year anniversary of the Foundry Tree database. Many thanks to Marshall Christie, Eric Fuertes, Andrew Marsh, Feral Fagiola, Cassie Kise, and the rest of the SC Crew (Steering Committee) for all of the support.

Outside the Power House.
Fuertes and Kise getting to work!!!
Hannah Hirsekorn who assisted in the CNC plasma cutting involved in the Foundry Tree banner.

Connect to the NCCCIAP website for all the details on the conference at
Many Thanks to Cassie Kise and the web team for helping with this post on the conference site!

Iron Tribe, 2019

Foundry Tree was at the 9th biannual Iron Tribe March 2, 2019 production pour at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Many thanks to David Lobdell and Alize King for all the support.

WCIAA board members at Iron Tribe 2019
Radiators unload.
Break them down.
Donnie Keen at the grill! See a pic of him talking to students at Sloss 2009.
Thor rocking out
Elena patching
Chuck Householder doing leather tattoos. Like this one modeled by Oonagh.
Another great Foundry Tree photo setup. Thank you Alize!
Poster for Foundry Tree at NMHU by Gabriel Akagawa

Pour’n Yer Heart Out, 2019

Many thanks to Alisa Toninato at Felion Studios for hosting Foundry Tree and for the amazing 10th Annual Pour’n Yer Heart Out community Iron Pour in Madison, Wisconsin. Also to Hannah Hirsekorn and Ana Andrade for assisting with the Foundry Tree.

(New for Foundry Tree activities, Gabriel Akagawa gave a presentation for the public and art students new to iron casting. Link here for Foundry Tree Talk information.)

Poster from the community iron pour event.

2019 Pour’n Yer Heart Out: 10th Annual Community Iron Pour Event was Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10am-7pm at the Crucible Night Club 3116 Commercial Ave., Madison, WI 53714. Website for more information: Contact:

ICCCIA in Scranton, PA 2018

The Foundry Tree photography setup at the 8th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Many thanks to Nikki Moser , Vaughn Randall, Katie Hovenkamp and the Board Members. Also thanks to Gwen Chiu with site support.

May 30, 2018
Also thanks to Océane Jacob and Cami Vasconez for promoting the Foundry Tree at ICCCIA 2018.

…also thanks to my wife Anne Knafl and our kids Ima and Ari for making the long trip from Chicago and for helping out.