Through The Lens 130 – Klotz Throwing Company

I’m heading up to the Klotz Throwing Company this weekend.  Looking forward to spending some time in this special place again.

Happy Friday!

Trip Report – Klotz Throwing Company Fall 2017

As I mentioned Friday, I attended another Abandoned America workshop at the Klotz Throwing Company last fall. Having been to Klotz earlier in the year I had a better idea of what I wanted to shoot. I wanted to take my time and focus on some scenes that I wasn’t happy with my results or that I missed completely the previous trip.

A.F. Green Insurance:

Spools:

Main Electrical Panel:

Motors:

Gulf Petrolium February 1949:

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Last but not least, I asked Herb, Klotz’s owner and caretaker, to stand for a portrait:

Through The Lens 112 – Klotz Throwing Company

I made a return trip to the Klotz Throwing Company in the fall for a workshop hosted by Abandoned America. Just finished editing the images, so look for a Trip Report on Tuesday.

Through The Lens 107 – Happy New Year!

Since Monday is New Year’s I thought I would take the opportunity to share a couple of my favorite images from the year. 2017 was a great year photographically that included a number of trips to photograph railroads, landscapes, abandoned structures and more. In no particular order, here are a couple of my favorites:

The image above is from a photo trip to the East Broad Top Railroad in Orbisonia, PA from a workshop I attended in January.

Next up is a photo from the Locust Heights & Western photo charter in August. This was my first trip to this awesome place and I’m looking forward to returning in the future.

Raven’s Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway was a happy accident. Traffic on I-81 on my way to Roanoke put me in position to take a detour to catch sunset on the Parkway.

Ravens Roost Overlook Sunset

Speaking of Roanoke, this photo was taken on the third of three weekends chasing N&W 611.

Ohiopyle was a quick stop on the way to Locust Heights in August. I’m hoping to make a fall color trip there in the next year or so.

Cucumber Falls

Last but not least, 2017 saw two trips to the Klotz Throwing Company for workshops.

I’m still processing photos from Strasburg, The Scranton Lace Company, Williamsburg, Walt Disney World, and the Cass Photography Workshops, so keep an eye out for those hopefully soon.

Happy New Year!

Through The Lens 96 – Abandoned Workshop

Here’s one from the workshop in the basement of the Klotz Throwing Mill. When the mill was in operation, machinists would have worked in this space to keep the mill running.

I’m headed there again Sunday with Abandoned America.

Trip Report – Klotz Throwing Company

Manufactured Reflections

The Klotz Throwing Company located in Western Maryland may be the last silk mill in America.  The mill once employed 300 people, taking raw silk from Japan and spinning it into thread which was shipped to New England to become textiles.  The mill closed in 1957 and has remained largely untouched since – one of those places where time truly stands still.

Herb Crawford purchased the mill in 1978 and continues to care for the factory to this day.  Unfortunately the roof is badly deteriorated so it may be a loosing battle.  Hopefully the mill will last long enough to be saved.

As I said in last Friday’s post, the Klotz Throwing Company has developed a wonderful patina and is full of wonderful photography opportunities.  I enjoyed every minute spent at the mill and am looking forward to another trip this fall.  Thanks again to Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America for arranging the tour and to Mr. Crawford for allowing us to visit.

Elevator Chair

Through The Lens 89 – Klotz Throwing Mill

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to attend a photography workshop at the Klotz Throwing Mill, an abandoned silk mill in Maryland.  Closed since 1957, the mill has developed a wonderful patina and is full of photography opportunities.

Look for the full trip report on Tuesday.