stovepipemike wrote:Doug, Just wondering what happened to the original pattern when the company closed it doors? Was that grate your father's design or was it from a previous endeavor? Mike
the aluminum patterns for 44 grates usually remained at foundry (though some patterns were kept in the shop), its very hard to know if these were at a foundry OR at the shop at the time my dad simply walked away
I know the shop was robbed and I think that was the final straw, at the time I was still young, stupid & oblivious and its extremely hard for me to even think about what my father was going through at that time and how god awful a son I must have been to not have been more aware and more responsible. My dad did things I can only dream, he was so smart, so confident and so determined to have designed, sold, manufactured a product from nothing to a Company that at one time could have sold for millions and employed almost everyone in my family... My dad was everything in my family from work to vacations to coaching my soccer teams to teaching me to ski, talk, sell, etc. and I was not their for him at the precise time he needed me to be.
To answer the question, some patterns may be sitting in the bowels of some obscure foundry somewhere while others were stolen and likely melted as scrape or worst yet.... somehow sold/obtained by woodman
(though I find that very unlikely since ive heard so many complains by people that their size is slightly off a few items).