About Adolf's Pattern Shop
"Doing it Right the
Our mission is to assist foundries with simple cost
effective, time efficient, waste reducing solutions that
help minimalize a foundry’s bottom line and reduce a
negative imprint on the environment.
In a competitive global market it is essential to have cost
effective strategies to produce quality casting, reduce cost
in production, and stay under budget. We at Adolf’s Pattern
Shop are here to assist you to find solutions that will
serve your foundry’s needs.
Adolf’s Pattern Shop provides German engineering, design,
and craftsmanship with over 62 years experience in problem
solving for the foundry industry. As a Pattern Maker, Adolf
has perfected solutions to eliminate alignment problems;
filtering and pouring solutions to produce high quality
castings; and testing systems to support A.F.S. metallurgy
search for an optimal wear resistant plastic to enhance his
tooling, Adolf encountered a poly-urethane plastic designed
for the space industry "DuraTech.” DuraTech characteristics
are extremely more wear resistant than steel, and can be
machined, molded, or glued to any clean surface. DuraTech
the tooling material for the future and a dream come true
for high production tooling.
In 1949, Adolf started his apprenticeship program as a
pattern maker in Berlin, Germany. Trained by German
craftsmen, Adolf excelled as an apprentice and completed
his four year apprenticeship within three years,
graduating at the top of his class. Currently he has
over 62 years of pattern making and problem solving
experience in the foundry industry.
Adolf immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1959. Finding
North America to be a land of opportunity, Adolf search for
work within his trade as a journeyman pattern maker, which
gave him the opportunity to travel West to British Columbia,
Seattle, and eventually Portland, Oregon.
In 1961, Adolf obtained work as a patternmaker in Portland,
Oregon. A year later he met his wife to be, a young
accountant, Leonor Larios, from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
They married in 1962 and had three children throughout the
course of six years. By 1969, Adolf and Leonor Volkmann
decided to go independent and start their own pattern making
business. Two years later, they purchased their first
building at the current location of 425 NE 80th Ave
Portland, Oregon. At his new location, Adolf has developed
over 91 products to service the needs of foundries and
pattern shops within todays’ global market.
Cope & Drag Alignment Inserts: Where it all began
In 1982, Adolf developed his first alignment insert. He
recalls, the simplistic idea of having two inter-connecting
conical diameters creating impressions within the Cope &
Drag halves. Utilizing this innovated idea he manufactured
tooling to create the Cope &
Drag Alignment Inserts, which
create a perfect line system for multiple tooling processes.
Such as, cope and drag match plate, match boards and molding
boxes for no bake, greensand and automated molding
Today, Adolf’s Pattern Shop, Inc. is still a family owned
and operated small business, with over 103 products to
support pattern makers and foundries in national and
international markets. Our products are built with the
highest integrity and designed to “Doing it right the first
Adolf’s son Ricardo Volkmann, will be maintaining the family
business for the years to come with solutions for all your
alignment, pouring/filtering, metallurgy testing, and
tooling material needs.
Adolf's products are proudly "Made in the U.S.A"
and manufactured locally to support small family owned and