Many of these templates from the Foundry were handcrafted from kauri.Then they were set in wet sand and the mold was used for casting the steel machinery equivalent.
These molds would all be designed digitally these days. The buildings on the Thames site are the oldest surviving buildings associated with the firm of A. & G. Price Thames works grew in a piecemeal fashion. Mainly concerned with the production of machinery and plant for the Thames goldfield, Price also produced equipment for the timber milling industry, and boilers and engines for coastal boats and mine pumps. They later developed into the manufacture of railway engines.
Over the years many of these beautiful handcrafted templates were thrown out. Lucky for us an artist from Thames called us and offered us a pile of
templates they had saved and stored, knowing one day they would be appreciated by someone.