Welcome to the Ray's Place
I am Ray Farace, born May 30, 1916 in Philadelphia, PA. Graduated South Phila. High for Boys June 1935. Attended Drexil Institute of Tech.
I Also completed Industrial Management and Public Speaking courses.
Aircraft Engineer for 18 years during which time I was Chief Loftsman for two companies, Chase Aircraft and Kaiser Metal Products.
Started my own business with Sporting Goods and Electronics retiring to Florida in November 1971 after 18 years in business.
Became interested in stained glass in 1973 and from a Library Book, completed a test piece . Since then I have made 50 or 60 Lamps, most of which are in the family, and hundreds of Sun Catchers.
I recently tried Craft Shows where my work was appreciated and gave me the idea to share it here for all to see. The picture on the left is from the Kaiser Metal Co. 1952 brochure.
The picture below was my Loft Engineering Department I organized from scratch. Hired all engineers, ordered all equipment and visited Martin and Republic Aircraft to order all engineering and layouts required for the programs. I had a good group of engineers and we worked together.
The picture above is of my Loft Engineering Department at Kaiser Metal Products in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Some 'egg crate' templates are shown for three dimentional tools and parts required for fabrication.
Loft Engineering was the department where the Engineering Blue Plints were transformed into metal layouts to within 1/5000ths of an inch from which all templates are used to fabricate parts and tools for the assembly of the aircraft.
I am especially proud of the fact that I received a commendation from the Army Airforce through Mr. George Cuddy, Chief Engineer of Chase Aircraft, Trenton, NJ for the most economical lofting program for an Aircraft the size of the C123. I had 21 people in my department and we were a team. I personally made the master layout of the C123 wing and found an error in the design blue prints that resulted in my being made Chief Loftsman.
Music: After the roses have faded away..