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This image is from my Abandoned Pittsburgh photography project, documenting the Steel City's industrial past. Each print is signed, dated and identified on the back.

"W.A. Young & Sons Foundry & Machine Shop: Gears" on wood (maple/birch composite), printed by ink sublimation. 14” width, 11" height. The natural tones and grain of the wood combine with the image to create a unique and durable work of art. Wood prints are 3/4” thick and arrive ready to hang without needing a frame; the backing keyhole allows the artwork to hang flat against the wall.

In 1900, Wm. A Young built his foundry and machine shop at Rice’s Landing to service the Monongahela River sternwheelers that docked there for repairs. The shop’s machines were powered by an intricate system of leather belts on ceiling-mounted wooden pulleys, originally operated by a single steam engine. When Young’s descendants closed the business in 1965, the machinery and tools — some dating back to 1870 — were left intact. Locked and neglected for 20 years, the foundry was purchased by the Greene County Historical Society and is now managed by the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area, with ambitious plans for future repair and restoration. Now powered by a gasoline engine, the shop’s 25 machines are fully operational and occasionally put to use by area blacksmiths. The foundry is a contributing property to the Rice’s Landing Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Foundry, Gears, Wood Print, Abandoned, Rust, Wall Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Industrial, Machine Shop

$65.00

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