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Making bottles
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deadcarp    Posted 07-01-2004 at 20:54:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm fascinated by glass. We used to live near Thatcher glass in Newhall (Ca) where they made mostly beer bottles. The glass would come squirting out of the oven, a length would be sheared off and tipped upright, then 4 molds later that plug of cooling glass had been formed into a bottle. The first mold punched a deep dent in the top, second mold thinned it more, stamped the bottom and formed the outside shell, third mold shaped the outside final and squeezed the neck, and the last mold threaded & shaped the top for a cap. If 3 guys with tongs grabbed a plug off the line and worked fast enough, they could pull a bottle into a swan with both wings and a curved neck. And a beer bottle butt. Thatcher's brick ovens (hot-end workers would fix leaks with a fire-hose) were ruined by the 71 earthquake. Afterwards they used jack-hammers to clean out & piled car-sized chunks of dark glass out back but i don't recall them ever opening again. :)

Sid    Posted 07-01-2004 at 21:27:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am amazed by all types of machines and that would be something to watch. I have enjoyed watching glassblowers work and amazed at the things they make freehand. Have you ever watched a taffy making machine?

Rodney H. Jones    Posted 10-04-2005 at 09:32:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I worked at Thatcher Glass near Newhall, Ca. from 1969 to 1985 when they filed for bankruptcy. Yes they did open up again after the 71 earthquake.

deadcarp    Posted 07-02-2004 at 07:20:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Taffy? Once i think - that's something too - course i like things that go putt in the dark. I remember watching them make macadamia nut brittle in hawaii once, that was interesting just to see how they handled huge batches and kept things going. And i saw a stevie wonder performance once - they killed the lights and in the dark he just kept playing & said "No big deal - It's that way for me all the time!" Sometimes i purposely close my eyes just to remind myself. :)

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