Jubilee Award Winner announced
Awarded by the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers'
Mark Sutton is an interesting Foundryman. He currently works for Balfour Beatty Rail as a Moulder in the airset foundry, having previously worked at a number of foundries around the north of England, but in his own time has set up a small working foundry, specialising in non-ferrous castings.
Over a period of years, Mark has accumulated second hand foundry equipment and also built the various other pieces of equipment necessary. He mixes his sand, which is delivered in 1 tonne bags, by hand on the floor of the shed that he rents. His cores are made using the sodium silicate system mixed in an old bread mixer and the metal is melted in a small 25kg gas-fired crucible furnace that he designed and built himself. At the moment Mark is growing the business providing small castings in brass and bronze to the model engineering trade, itself run by enthusiasts, to restoration projects and also small house nameplates cast in aluminium.
In time Mark is hoping to be able to melt grey iron using diesel as the fuel and also to build a small jib crane with an air hoist that will enable him to tackle larger castings for his customers.
Mark recently entered and won the Worshipful Company of Ironmonger’s Jubilee Award which will enable him to travel to India to participate in the forthcoming World Foundry Congress in February, an experience which he hopes will be hugely rewarding.
Members who are interested in contacting Mark to find out more about his casting are invited to contact ICME.