Our highly-skilled mouldmakers
are "sculptors in reverse," and longtime mouldmaker, Al VanDyke is a master
at his trade.
Many Fenton moulds contain
intricate patterns or fine details, and the mouldmaker is responsible for
"chipping" these features in the mould. Keen eyes, steady hands and infinite
patience are a necessity, as the mouldmaker uses tiny chisels and a small
hammer to create the "art in cast iron" which will later give form to our
Al completed his apprenticeship
in 1971. He has been responsible for many moulds, including Lily of the
Valley and Strawberry pattern pieces. The "bridesmaid" doll figurine (5228)
is one of his favorites.
Al lives in Marietta with his wife
Merry. Their son Brent recently completed his master's degree and is
employed in Seattle.