David Harris

Pattern Maker

In these audio clips David Harris talks to John Davis about his work as a Pattern Maker at Fielding & Platt.  He joined the company as an apprentice in 1951 and stayed until he was made redundant in 1958.

David remembers his colleagues in the department (see photographs below) and briefly explains the process of pattern making.  He also describes making Core Boxes.

The work of a pattern maker was exacting but they still had time for a practical joke now and then.  One instance David remembers involved comparing the measurements on a pattern maker’s contraction rule with someone’s engineering rule.  This caused some scratched heads and puzzled looks on the faces of their mates!

David also talks about life after F&P when he went to work at Gloucester Foundry.

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David Harris
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Lionel Longney
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David describes the process of pattern making and shares a joke.
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David tells us about his colleagues in the Pattern Shop.
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David talks about his early years at F&P, travelling to work, and meals in the Canteen.
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David tells us about another practical joke and an accident.
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David talks about finishing his apprenticeship, being made redundant and life after F&P.

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