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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 12:24 pm
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I am trying to find a large sandblasting cabinet where I can rent time to do some work somewhere near to where I live, near New Paltz, NY.  I'm willing to travel.  Does anyone know of any?

I learned to blast when I worked for Benoit Gilsoul.  He had an excellent set up and machine for doing work of any size with the ability to do fine detail.  Is there any chance someone here knows what kind of setup he had?



 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 02:03 pm
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Don't know your area, but often stone carvers often use sandblasting.  You might try http://www.kulleseidstonecarving.com/  to see if they have a blaster and will let you use it.  They are right in your town.  They do fine work, mostly by tool, but they may have a good blaster unit.



 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 03:03 pm
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Thanks for the suggestion of stone carvers.  I'll follow this up.  I called the place you suggested, but he does all hand carving and no machine.



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How about:

http://www.barrememorials.net/#!contact/c7h2

They are in Hyde Park, about thirty minutes from you.



 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 04:10 pm
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I just called a bunch of memorial companies. They are not interested in having someone come in and work on their equipment. Thanks anyway.



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Have you asked Helmut Schardt who worked with Benoit?
hschardt@suffolk.lib.ny.us



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If you were interested in setting up your own new system, We have a unit in our studio that would satisfy most blasting jobs.  It is a pass through Cyclone cabinet.  It has an interior working height of, I think, 33 inches, but you can double that because you can blast the right side side, flip the glass over, and then blast the left side.  So you are not limited on height of glass, but the width would take you to 66".

Here is their website:

http://www.cycloneblasters.com/floorstanding.html

The unit we have is the one on the bottom of the page.  You still need the compressor and pressure pot.  If you may think in this direction do not undersize your compressor.  Use their recommendations and even go bigger if you do a lot of blasting.

I think of them for they were on the less expensive side to start out, but still did a good job. 



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Maria, thanks for the contact info.

jjkrol - thanks for the info about the cabinet.



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Maria - my email to Helmut came back undeliverable. Do you, or does anyone else, have a current email address?



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Hope, thanks to Vic Rothman for the following info:

Helmut's phone: 407-323-4076
Helmut did work for Gilsol, but not in Gilsol's shop. Helmut's shop was way out on Long Island

Marie Foucault worked in Gilsol's shop when he was in Manhattan. Her email is glassatfouc@aol.com.

Hope this helps.



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Helmut moved to Florida some years ago. If you still want to reach him, he works occasionally at Piercy Stained Glass in Orlando. Jim Piercy at 407-841-7594 might be able to put you in contact with him



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Thanks, Gil.



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