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New Year, New Products

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Imagine your design here…

It’s hard to believe this is the last week of January. Where did the month go? Last year, did you think about asking about a custom design for yourself or a loved one, but you got busy and suddenly the year was over? Well, it’s not too late to correct that for this year. If you order soon, you might be able to have that perfect custom gift in time for Valentine’s day! Inola Castings can make custom belt buckles, key chains, lapel pins, and so much more. They also do laser engraved items such as drinking tumblers, flasks, wine or shot glasses and so much more. Give them a call now at 918-543-8940 or email your design to david@inolacastings.com. Also, check out Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for examples of the great work they can do for you.

Freeman Dream Continues

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Inola Castings was founded in 1990 by George Freeman.  It was his dream to start a casting company and create his own designs as well as help others create their designs.  Many people have wondered how he got started in this industry.  In the 70s he was living in Ohio and his hobby was playing War games. The way people played was by going to homes, and it was usually in the basement that the host would have a huge table set up to play. He didn’t like the tanks and figures that he could purchase so he began modifying his own game pieces.  He was a huge civil war buff which is what made him so good at playing these games. At one of the games, another player was impressed by his game pieces and asked him where he got one of them.  When George told the man that he made them, he offered him a job.

The man who was interested worked for a Ral Partha, a company that produced figurines for the gaming industry. From this conversation, George eventually started working for Ral Partha as a freelance sculptor.  In fact, some of the figures that George Freeman sculpted are still being sold today.  According to Wikipedia, “As early as 1978, Ral Partha produced three series of 15 mm historical miniatures sculpted by George Freeman of Dayton, Ohio. They included Napoleonic-era figures N-xxx Days of the EmpireAW-xxx American Civil War, and AK-xxx Desert Rats, modeling the North African Campaign of World War II. Ann Gallup also contributed an AC-xxx series to the American Civil War line. In 1979 Ral Partha added Freeman’s 25 mm W-xxx Waterloo Collector’s Series, but all of Freeman and Gallup’s figures were discontinued in 1980. George Freeman’s 15mm Napoleonics figures are available from Monday Knight Productions.”

Freeman didn’t just freelance for one company.  Ironically, he was commissioned, while he still lived in Ohio, by Reba Collins of the Will Rogers Memorial to sculpt a miniature version of a Will Rogers statue that is in the museum.  He had several other connections in the Tulsa area and that is why he moved his family to Oklahoma in 1980.  The reason he chose Claremore was because his sister lived there.  It took from 1980 to 1990 for George to finally open Inola Castings.  It was his dream come true.  More blog posts to come about the journey during those ten years.

Inola Castings is still located in Inola on the old 33 access road now renamed Industrial Boulevard. Anyone who visits will be greeted in the entry way with a picture of George.  In 2009 the Freeman’s sold Inola Castings to a company out of Utah, but in 2012 David Freeman, son of George Freeman, bought it back. Now it is Freeman owned again.

Keep an eye on this blog for more history of Inola Castings.  Do you have a custom item that you need or order?  It’s so affordable. Please don’t hesitate to give them a call 918-543-8940 or send artwork to david@inolacastings.com. Don’t have artwork but you have an idea? They will take your idea and create your artwork at no extra charge.

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Custom Products

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Gift giving doesn’t have to be stressful.  Do you want to give a unique gift that you know your loved one will not already have or rush to the store to exchange? Did you always think you have to order in large quantities if you want something custom made. If you order this week, we could still get your custom order of one item complete and delivered before Christmas.