Casting organ metal on sand by Hans Fidom

by Hans Fidom | Het ORGEL | Year 97 | (2001) | Issue 3

Hans Fidom Casting organ metal on sand
Het ORGEL 97 (2001), nr. 3, 31-33 [summary]

pijp8.jpg (16116 bytes)In this article the process of casting sheets of organmetal on sand is illustrated by a series of photographs. In the Netherlands, two organbuilders are intensively occupied by this reconstruction of a traditional aspect of theorgan building craft: Winold van der Putten and Henk van Eeken. They are members of theinternational ‘Weener Gruppe’, a group of organ builders who exchange anddiscuss information. Both Van der Putten and Van Eeken put casting on sand intoperspective. ‘It is my aim to come as close to an exemplary organ builder of the pastas possible,’ says Van der Putten. Van Eeken points to the relative significance ofmeasurements with regard to the composition of metal. Consequently, casting on sandremains a field of on-going research.