Classic Golf and Classic Paintings
What a great weekend to revere our elders who happen to create masterpieces we can relish for years to come. Case in point was the 2009 Open Championship. While Tom Watson might have lost the playoff, it will never be forgotten for what he may have accomplished at the tender age of 59. Unfortunately I was on a plane and had to watch final round updates and highlights from the 3” x 5” personal TV on the seatback in front of me. But it certainly did not diminish the excitement of nearly witnessing history.
I had a good excuse as I was with friends this weekend appreciating the sights at the Getty Museum. What a wonderful treasure for those in Los Angeles area! On display were century’s old rare books, ornate tapestries, sculptures and paintings from the likes of Rembrandt, Van Gough, Monet and countless others.
Coincidently, one of the exhibits that just opened was about the lost wax process. Instead of investment casting stainless steel golf club heads (like fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters) using the lost wax method, this exhibit showed the casting of a bronze sculpture the way it occurred in the early 1600’s.
There are many similarities between producing a sculpture and a golf club from modeling, making of the mold, pouring of the molten metal to finishing. In golf, the lost wax process is actually a relatively new manufacturing method. It wasn’t until 1966 when Bob Mader of Confidence Golf made the first investment cast iron (prior to Karsten Solheim’s Ping K-1 iron).
So if you are ever in Los Angeles, please be sure to check it out the Getty Museum and the Foundry to Finish: The Making of a Bronze Sculpture exhibit.