B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry was created to provide quality bronze bells in the United States. No other foundry in the country casts bells using the swept-loam method, which provides exquisite surface detail, improves concentricity, and allows the metal to cool more slowly, producing a better casting. In addition to bells, we are also a full-service, non-ferrous foundry. We can cast virtually any alloy using sand-molding techniques, as well as lost-wax casting.
Guided tours of the gallery space and foundry introduce guests to the field of campanology – the study of bells – as well as bronze casting and the daily workings of an active foundry. Tours begin in the gallery space where guests will hear the B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry story and learn more about the processes used to cast bells, how bells are tuned, the different contexts in which we find bells, and the different jobs foundries can do. Guests then tour the foundry itself to see firsthand bells being molded, hardware and consoles being made, and maybe even witness the casting of a bell.
Guided tours of the gallery and foundry are available by appointment only. The gift shop is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, excluding national holidays. Walk-ins are welcome, but please note that tours take place on the hour and last approximately 45 minutes to an hour and we cap tours at twenty people (unless specially arranged in advance). Tours with a pour last approximately 90 minutes to two hours. People or groups that wish to see a pour need to schedule their tour at least a month in advance.
Prices for guided tours:
Students, Military, and Seniors: $15
Children under 5: Free
Groups of 15+ people*: $10 per person
Prices for guided tours w/pour:
Students, Military, and Seniors: $22.50
Children under 5: Free
Groups of 15+ people*: $15 per person
Tour groups are not guaranteed to see a pour unless they request this experience in advance.
For questions or to schedule a tour, email Kate Sunderlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 804.822.0800.
B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry Rules and Guidelines
The B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry welcomes you to our shop! We are happy you have chosen to visit us and we hope you enjoy your tour. As we are an active foundry, there are sharp objects, heavy machinery, and other potentially hazardous items housed in the shop. Thus, the following rules and guidelines have been written with the safety of our visitors in mind and visitors are expected to abide by them for their own safety and that of others.
By entering, visitors will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the following rules and guidelines: