The next morning, Friday the 26th, members of the crew as well as a handful of onlookers gathered at the furnace. They excavated the mold, hoisted it from the pit, and went at it with a sledgehammer to begin breaking the mold material away from the casting. Gradually the deadhead and the barrel itself began to emerge. Within half an hour, there were trunnions, a cascabel, a nicely shaped muzzle, and everything in between. With a great collective sigh of satisfaction, the experts pronounced that it looked good and sounded good, ringing like a bell.
The proof will come when we start to clean up the outside and drill the bore—but so far, so good. It was a great crew. The efforts of many, and the coordination of it all was, once more, a joy to watch. More to come, but for now, a big thanks to all!