This brick is in the possession of David Hensley from Kansas, USA. It was obtained from a fellow brick collector who resided in the State of Kansas. It is unknown where the original finder found the brick but it is assumed it was in Kansas somewhere. Roughcastle Firebrick Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. . . .
Following consultation with Moses Jenkins, HES, it is believed that bricks marked Woodison Steel (and recovered at the Hurll Gartliston Works, Glenboig) were another Hurll product manufactured for the overseas market and marked with the customer’s name. Woodison is very likely E J Woodison Company, Detroit, Michigan – I will go with this theory unless shown otherwise!
E. J. Woodison Company, one of the founding members of FEMA – The Foundry Equipment Manufacturers Association. This company was very involved in the beginnings of the Detroit auto industry and was a supplier to the several foundries that were developed to support this new industry. Products included such items as: fire brick, stove specialties, molders’ riddles and shovels, flasks, sprayers for blacking cores and moulds, pouring devices, crucible tongs, coal barrows, skids, hammer core machines, shakers, sand mixers, hoists, metal band saw machines, melting furnaces, cleaning and exhaust mills, sandblasters, moulding machines, much more.
Garnqueen Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire
Alternative brickworks include:
- Gartliston Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire.
Building bricks at Garscadden Works, Drumchapel.
Below – A comprehensive illustrated catalogue of products available from the E. J. Woodison Company. C 1920
The above book is for sale in June 2015 – I have been in contact with the American seller and she states that there is a reference ” that the company’s Scotch Firebricks are only available through their Canadian foundry”
Further research reveals the following – The E.J. Woodison Company, Limited Foundry Requisites, Firebrick, Fireclay and Equipment Toronto, Ontario Branch Warehouse: 261 Wellington St. Montreal, Que.
Below – Letterhead for E J Woodison Company dated Nov 1920 (Apologies for the quality).
“If better bricks could be made – we would have them” All shapes carried in stock. Also, fire clay. A very refractory clay, especially adaptable for cupola linings, middle in walls of blast furnaces, hot blast stoves, boiler linings, and similar purposes requiring not only a highly refractory brick but a toughness that will give long service under the abrasion incident to this class of work. canisters used with clay to daub ladles, cupolas and furnaces, heatproof cement. This plastic asbestos compound sets hard as a rock and is absolutely heat-resisting. Used extensively for boiler settings, bridge walls, boiler arches and fire door linings, annealing furnaces, billet heating furnaces, case hardening furnaces, brick kilns, forge furnaces, heat-treating furnaces. Reline your cupola, furnace Etc., while business is quiet. The E.J.Woodison Company, Limited Foundry requisites, fireclay, firebrick and equipment Toronto, Ont, Montreal, Que.
Below – Image from page 574 of “Canadian foundryman (1921)” (1921)
Below – 1921 – Canadian Foundryman – Woodison fire bricks – “… We have selected bricks from different localities …”