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Anything that is useful around the foundry is considered a foundry tool. Maybe it used to be a make-up brush, but now it sweeps loose sand from a mold before it is closed. Fortunately, most foundry tools can easily be home made. For instance, a rammer can be made as a pattern and cast. A riddle is a piece of hardware cloth (coarse screen, about 1/4" mesh) and hoops made from a plastic bucket. Slicks can be old spoons used as they are or trimmed to a specific shape. Or they can be nothing more than sticks with a special shape formed on the end.
Many people start
ramming molds over a wheel barrow until they decide to build a molding
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