Tube City Almanac

October 11, 2012

Briefly Noted: Ironcasting Demo at Carrie Furnaces

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Self-guided tours of the historic Carrie Furnaces will be half-price this Saturday and will include a demonstration of ironcasting.

Sherris Moreira, director of marketing for Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, said the event marks the last self-guided tour this year.

Tours will cost $12.50 this Saturday only. The tours begin at 9 a.m. and run every half-hour through 11:30 a.m. On the self-paced tour Saturday, former steelworkers and docents will be stationed throughout the blast furnace site to explain the iron-making process and share their personal stories and experiences.

Also during Saturday's tours, molten metal artist Ed Parrish will smelt recycled iron scrap and cast it into a variety of shapes in front of visitors to the Carrie Furnaces site.

Using a cupola furnace, iron will be tapped from the furnace and poured into molds. The interactive molten metal demonstration will engage and educate visitors about one of the most relevant and historical industrial processes that made Pittsburgh the iron and steel making capital of the world for more than 150 years.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Rankin Community Development Corporation, a non-profit community group that works on revitalization and housing rehab projects in the Rankin community.

Carrie Furnace No. 6 & 7, which operated from 1907 to 1978, were together designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.

Four more guided tours of the Carrie Furnaces will be available on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27. Tickets are $25 and must be reserved in advance at Proceeds go toward the preservation of the site and related heritage projects.

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