“Doing it Right the First Time”
Our mission is to provide new lean manufacturing practices to
the foundry industry.
Adolf’s Foundry Solutions are products made with the highest
integrity, they are dependable, exteremly durable and very cost
Adolf started his pattern maker apprenticeship in Berlin, Germany
during 1949. Trained by German master craftsmen, Adolf excelled
as an apprentice and completed a four year apprenticeship program
in three years, allowing him to graduate at the top of his class with
honors. In Germany, at that time, it was mandatory practice for all
apprentices to spend six weeks working in a foundry doing piece work
on the molding line. These experiences gave Adolf unique insights in
visualizing and problem solving when building patterns.
Adolf immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1959. He searched for work
within his trade as a journeyman pattern maker, but he was unable to
find consistant work there. Finding North America to be a land of
opportunity, Adolf then traveled West to British Columbia, Seattle,
and eventually he settled in Portland, Oregon.
Adolf obtained work as a patternmaker in Portland, Oregon at
Dependable Pattern Works. A year later he met his wife to be,
Leonor Larios, a young accountant from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
They married in 1962 and had three children throughout the course
of six years.
Adolf and Leonor Volkmann decided to go independent and started
their own family operated business...Adolf’s Pattern Shop, Inc.
Adolf developed the Style
alignment inserts to eliminate
shift in the molding process, and started working on the tooling
for The Style
Adolf has engineered and developed 122 products to support the
foundry industry in North America and world wide. This year he
will celebrate his 80th Birthday...he still comes to work everyday.