Foundry Pattern Art by Steve Berglund

Artist Biography

I began collecting foundry patterns in the early 1970s. The pieces I collected were created by highly skilled woodworkers called pattern makers, employed primarily by foundries. The foundries used these patterns to sand cast metal parts for commercial & industrial use.

Most objects manufactured out of metal are created with the use of a pattern or mold. Everything about these wood patterns is exciting , the shapes, the wood grain, the decades old patina, the mix of metal and wood, the numbers attached and the personal instructions occasionally inscribed by the pattern maker.

I'm passionate about transforming these one of a kind patterns into objects of art so they can be shared and enjoyed for their beauty as well as their historical significance. One hundred and twenty pieces were donated to the California Foundry History Institute's Foundry Museum in Lodi, California.