Hey folks. 'New to the forums so I thought I'd pop in and introduce myself. I'm Cliff and I live in New Hampshire. I'm a bit of a generalist as a maker, always looking to learn new material and techniques. I started as a wood worker making furniture and finger jointed boxes for friends and family but lately I've been working with metal making knives and, after restoring several perfect handle screw drivers, a screw driver of my own. After restoring several hammers I decided I needed to make my own from brass which is what's led me to casting. I like to jump into the deep end, setting myself a goal and then immersing myself in research to learn new techniques. Casting is a little bit daunting so I've been really excited to dive into the forums here and learn from all of your experience. You guys are a wealth of knowledge and it looks like a great community. For my first project I've posted a thread over in the pattern making forum, sharing what I've learned so far playing around with EPS beads in a silicone mold. I will definitely be seeking advice on orientation and placement of sprues vents and risers as I get closer to my first pour!