Public Knight Foundry Self-Guided Tours
Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek is America’s last water-powered foundry and machine shop and a premier relic of Mother Lode gold mining history. Join us for one of our Self-Guided Tours on the second Saturday of every month.

Tours are now self-guided, so visitors can spend all the time they want in the Foundry complex, talking with docents and marveling at the magnificent machinery that’s still intact and operating.

Knight Foundry opens at 10 a.m and the last tour tickets are sold at 3 p.m.
Admission is $15 for adults 18 and older, $5 for students age 5-17, free for children under 5.

Discover the compelling history that is historic Knight Foundry! 

Upcoming Second Saturday Tour Dates:
 March 14, April 11, May 9

Classes at the Foundry:

If you’re interested in joining the mailing list for future Foundry classes, including Introduction to Sand Casting, please contact us.

Can’t make it to the foundry? Visit our online Gift Shop.

Private Tours
If your family, group, or organization would like to arrange a private tour of Knight Foundry, please contact Ron Edgar at or 209-560-6160.

See you at the Foundry! 81 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek, California 95685

2020 Sand Casting & Foundry Practice Workshop

Saturday, March 7, 2020.  8:00 am – 5:00 pm @ Knight Foundry.

To register, or to join the mailing list for future classes, please email or call 209-560-6160.
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Experience the entire foundry workflow in a day at Knight Foundry! 
  • In this full-day, hands-on workshop, taught by Knight Foundry’s own experts, you will experience the entire foundry workflow.
  • The workshop will begin with the basics of sand preparation and conditioning, then move to the foundry for instruction on bench molding and furnace operation.
  • We’ll cover advanced skills using cores, and as you work you’ll gain a wealth of molding and casting tips and tricks.
  • Our staff will pour completed student molds in aluminum and provide feedback on the castings.
Sign-in begins at 7:30 am with complimentary muffins, coffee, and more. The workshop starts promptly at 8:00 am and runs until about 5:00 pm. The fee is $200, which includes all materials and lunch.

SUMMER 2019, Knight Foundry Visitor Review

“We visited the foundry yesterday and took the tour. It was fantastic! The way you have it arranged let us take our time and get answers to any questions we had. You have a great group of well informed and friendly docents that made us feel as if we were talking with old friends. They were all enthusiastic about the foundry and machine shop and it showed that they cared a lot about it. You are certainly blessed to have volunteers of this caliber. We will tell our friends about you. Thank you – Chris & Gail”

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