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Perfecting Our Equine Head Cast Stone Design

The popular Haddonstone Equine Head was first designed for our Home and Garden range almost 40 years ago.  In that time, this striking design has been handmade to order by our expert craftsmen many times.

Loved by equestrians and animal lovers alike, our Equine Head is lovingly located in gardens and landscapes around the world.

Our team recently redesigned the intricate mould used to create the Equine Head for our clients.  Here’s a peek behind the scenes.

Improving the finish of our Equine Head

To produce the Equine Head, Haddonstone’s dedicated team carefully packed our dry-cast stone material into its intricate mould.

Over time, the original mould had started to deteriorate.  The multiple sections that join the mould together were starting to cause unsightly seams in the finished stone design.

Not content with producing anything less than perfect, our craftsmen were keen to improve the production of this beautiful design.

Producing a new Equine Head mould

The Equine Head’s mould, consisting of multiple sections, needed to be recreated to try to prevent the visible seams.

Simon Helm, our Studio Manager, was tasked with creating a brand new mould using the existing Equine Head design.  It was decided that creating a new mould, consisting of just two halves, would reduce the risk of the unsightly seams.

Simon went through a number of stages to achieve the new, finished fibre-glass mould as shown below.

Reducing the number of sections made the mould much simpler to pack our dry-cast stone material into.  It also made the mould much easier to handle and to remove from the finished stonework.  This was especially key around the horse’s ears, which can be vulnerable to chipping when the mould is removed.

Other key elements to redesigning the Equine Head mould

Simon also oversaw the development of new mould ‘T-bars’ and locators.  These key elements help to keep the mould in place and prevent its two sections from moving.

By reducing any slippage or movement of the mould, the finished stone design is less likely to display unsightly, visible seam marks.

Our Studio Manager Simon Helm has worked at Haddonstone for over 30 years.  Having originally trained in Art, Simon first started on Haddonstone’s factory floor before moving to the studio where he now heads up its team.

On a daily basis, Simon oversees the production of all of our fibre-glass moulds and bespoke models.  He works closely with our Wood Shop team and specialises in sculpting, drawing and model making.

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