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Carving for Charity

September 18, 2019


Shropshire BWA member Steve Worrall has, for several years, carried out 
humanitarian aid work in Romania, supporting vulnerable children and the 
elderly in orphanages and care homes in addition to delivering almost 50 
fire engines to remote and impoverished communities.   In the early days 
Steve would carve wooden gifts as tokens of friendship for his hosts but 
soon found that demand was exceeding his capacity to carve.  He then 
came up with a novel idea to carve a pattern and have it reproduced 
several fold in cast iron.

The castings often incorporate the logo of Steve’s charity (Operation 
Sabre) and are custom made at the birthplace of industry – Ironbridge, 
Shropshire.  The patterns are made from a variety of wood, the harder 
the better, to withstand the repeated pressure of being forced into the 
foundry sand.  Steve said that the biggest challenge when carving a 
pattern is to avoid the temptation to undercut, as the pattern must be 
pulled clean out of the sand.  Detail on the patterns also needs to be 
slightly exaggerated, allowing for shot blasting and painting, which 
tends to remove finer details.

Pictured are a few examples of the original patterns and castings that 
now adorn care homes/orphanages and fire stations throughout 


Further details regarding Steve’s charity work can be viewed at:

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