Bells

BELL SERVICES

Our customer service and dedication to traditional processes creates the best possible bell services in the industry.

We pride ourselves on being the only bell foundry in the United States that still uses the traditional method of molding in loam. Almost all other existing bell foundries have converted to the less traditional method of molding with patterns in self-set sand. These companies feel that a quicker working time and simpler method of molding aids in their overall profit margin. By doing so, they sacrifice detail and the ability to control various aspects of the bell profile and overall design. These “quicker” methods reduce foundry operations to more industrial agendas and deviate strongly from the traditional level of mastery and knowledge of a craft that has survived for centuries.

 

Do not be fooled by other companies in the US that claim to be a bell foundry. These companies are most often middlemen who will try to sell foreign bells. The international shipping fees, customs fees and duties, as well as their mark up, drastically inflates their bottom line. Why would you pay for more when traditionally made, harmonically tuned, bells can be made right here in the United States?

 

We conduct ourselves in a fair and transparent manner. We are campanologists and craftspeople; committed to deliver the best.

 

We continue our American craft legacy by preserving a centuries-old art using traditional materials. These materials: clay, sand, horse dung and hair are mixed in the correct proportions in order to make molding loam. This high refractory mud is used to build each segment of the mold by hand. Each layer is meticulously built to accommodate the next and takes time to do properly. Once made the interior (core) and the exterior (cope) are sleeked in graphite and are closed together and buried in the pit in preparation for casting.

 

All of our bells are made from Bell Metal, a High-Tin bronze that consists of at least 80% Copper and 20% Tin. All of our metals are specially alloyed from licensed vendors and distributors. Old bells may also be used to supplement the charge of metal in the creation of new bells. Once cast, our bells are left to cool completely in the pit. Slow cooling is advantageous to produce the finest crystalline structure in the resulting casting. This, we feel, produces the most refined and balanced overall timbre of our bells.

Need structural maintenance and repair?  We are licensed and insured for general tower contracting.