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Knapp Painting Metalcasting History


David Knapp doesn’t paint foundries to earn a few


extra bucks. He simply loves the metalcasting indus- try and creating art. “This is not a business,” Knapp said. “I don’t want


it to be. I just like the painting part.” Knapp, 81, works full-time in business develop-


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ment for Glidewell Foundry (Calera, Alabama). He’s enjoyed a long and successful career in the metalcast- ing business and is also an accomplished artist. During his high school days at a military school in Baltimore, a teacher introduced Knapp to oil paint- ing. Knapp then moved on to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for a degree in mechanical engineering, where he also painted off and on. While at Lehigh, Knapp painted a mountain scene for an art department alumni show that won first prize, before going into the metalcasting business. Knapp was running a large steel foundry in 1971 and decided to do an oil painting of the facility. “I was fascinated with the process,” Knapp said. Knapp kept the painting and in 1999, a sales-


man from Ashland Chemical visited his home. The salesman saw the vivid work and asked to include the painting in a company calendar. Ashland (now AFS Corporate Member ASK Chemicals) sent 5,000 around the world. “Today I still, on occasion when I visit other


foundries, see my painting has been cut out of the calendar and put into a frame and into a boardroom or somebody’s office,” Knapp said. Knapp didn’t do more paintings until about 15


years ago when he went to Glidewell. The company was putting in new machinery and the composition struck Knapp’s eye. Knapp switched to acrylics and created a painting of Glidewell. In the last few years, he’s done paintings of 18 or 19


foundries. They’re all colorful with oranges and reds, and portray everything that happens at a foundry.


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This is a painting by Knapp of St. Marys Foundry. 20 | MODERN CASTING May 2018


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