Nova Scotia

Lunenburg Foundry historic items for sale as buildings come down

The Lunenburg Foundry is tearing down two historic buildings, but is leaving their contents to heritage lovers.

'It's time to move to the future,' says Lunenburg Foundry president Peter Kinley

Some of the artifacts for sale this weekend before two Lunenburg Foundry buildings are torn down. (Phlis McGregor/CBC)

Nova Scotia heritage is for sale on the South Shore this Friday and over the weekend, as two Lunenburg Foundry buildings are slated to come down later this month.

The Lunenburg Foundry, which has long made metal machinery and parts, has played a big role in Maritime history for 125 years. It's now selling off artifacts, many of which were in the two soon-to-be-demolished buildings.

"I hold the work that the earlier generations did to create it in high reverence, but it has served it's useful life, and it's time to move to the future," company president and CEO Peter Kinley told CBC's Information Morning.

One of two Lunenburg Foundry buildings set to be demolished. (Phlis McGregor/CBC)

The company was the first to install a diesel engine in a fishing schooner, and became well known for the Atlantic Marine Engine, also called a "Make and Break," which was popular in fishing boats throughout the East Coast.

Its wood stoves and furnace — the Paeacock, Cinderella and Lady Scotia — are iconic in Maritime homes. 

"Lunenburg Foundry's fortunate to be in a community that thinks highly of its heritage," said Kinley, whose grandfather helped rescue the business after a fire in 1907.

Company president and CEO Peter Kinley displays a Lunenburg Foundry Peacock stove. (Phlis McGregor/CBC)

A large part of what's for sale includes the patterns used to form the machine parts. These are often made of wood or lighter metal, which would then be put into sand into which metal was poured, forming the final device.

The sale runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

Ahead of the sale, the CBC's Phlis McGregor took a tour. Here are some of the things she found: 

Oland Brewery stirring device

This Oland's Brewery stirring device is not for sale. (Phlis McGregor/CBC)

Oland Brewery, a once-independent Nova Scotia beer maker now owned by Labatt, has been brewing since 1867. The stirring device pattern is much newer than that, dating to the 1990s, Kinley said. Any of the mulch or grain that goes into beer would be stirred using this. 

"It's pretty important to Nova Scotia in that regard," Kinley said. 

This device is not for sale, but is on display in the front of the Foundry shop.

​Sheaves and wildcats

This sheave is for sale. (Phlis McGregor/CBC)

These items are essential marine hardware with "different, but similar, purposes," Kinley said. 

The sheaves goes inside a pulley for the rope, sometimes multiplying the force.

This wildcat is for sale. (Phlis McGregor/CBC)

The wildcat has small flutes so the pulley can better grasp chains.

Submarine piping

This pattern for submarine plumbing is for sale. (Phlis McGregor/CBC)

A pattern for a Canadian naval submarine is up for grabs. This is "very specialized plumbing that you just can't get at a hardware store," Kinley said.

Core box

This core box is for sale. (Phlis McGregor/CBC)

Sometimes molds or castings would need a hole inside of them, so the molten metal forms around it. A core box shapes that.

"We think of donuts, but we don't think of the little Timbits that come from them," Kinley said. "These cores are the Timbits, if you will, of castings."

Stove pattern

This pattern for the back of a stove is for sale. (Phlis McGregor/CBC)

This is an aluminium pattern for the back of a stove. Those are normally first made from wood as thin as the back of a violin, Kinley said.

"They wouldn't last being pounded into sand," he said.

It's then duplicated in aluminum to be strong.​ This one is likely from a box stove that would go in someone's home.

Ceramic crucible

This ceramic crucible at the Lunenburg Foundry is not for sale. (Phlis McGregor/CBC)

A ceramic crucible is used to melt metal. It's not for sale, but is on display.

With files from Phlis McGregor, Information Morning