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|About Shoop's American Bronze Casting
and the Artist, Wally Shoop
This bronze foundry is one of only a few, artist-owned foundries left in America. Started in 1970,
Shoop's American Bronze Casting, Ltd. began by making custom bronze statues for recognition
awards. As a full-service foundry they also carry many specialty bronze items and all of their
products are handmade in America.
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Wally Shoop, the Artist
Owner and artist Wally Shoop has created well over a thousand wildlife, memorial, and bronze art
sculptures. Shoop's realistic bronze art is produced with the intent of capturing human feelings within
natural forms. His onsite studio is a place where creativity and the human spirit meet.
Inspiration and the Creative Process
Shoop's inspiration comes from his observations of the natural world, his imaginative search for
powerful images, and his American Indian heritage and respect for nature gives his creations almost
spiritual qualities of animal life. The realistic bronze sculptures produced in his studio provide ample
evidence of his creative force and artistic intent - to capture human feelings within natural forms.
Using the lost wax process of bronze casting, which appeared nearly six thousand years ago, Shoop
first sculpts in soft wax; then makes a rubber mold of the wax model. From the rubber mold he
creates multiple wax impressions of the original. Each wax impression is encased in a ceramic shell
and placed in an oven; with temperatures exceeding fifteen hundred degrees, the wax melts rapidly.
The ceramic shell is packed in sand and molten bronze is poured into the shell. When the bronze
cools, the ceramic shell is broken. The bronze casting is then finished with meticulous handwork to
capture and enhance the detail. True to form for many artists, you may find 20 to 30 works in process
upon entering the studio. It is the creative process at its best.
Throughout Shoop's thirty-plus year history Wally has worked diligently developing and growing his
corporation. He encourages steady, thoughtful growth, yet insists that production be limited to that
level enabling strict quality control. A keen sense of standards and ethical business codes permits
the artist to inspect each casting before release to the customer.
Handmade in America
All of Shoop's American Bronze Casting pieces are handmade in America using the lost wax
process of bronze casting.
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