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    • #10514
      Joan Elliott
      Participant

      At our recent BCBI meeting this bell was taken by a member for the talk an tell session.

      During the discussion, interest was shown in the way the clapper had been inserted into the bell. None present were able to give an answer as to the technique.

      Can anyone enlighten me and I will include it in our mailing to BCBI members?

      Thanks
      Joan

    • #12901
      lmurgia
      Participant

      Hi Joan,

      I have forwarded your question to someone on our Convention Standing Committee that may be able to direct you to someone who can answer your question.

      Laura

    • #12902
      lmurgia
      Participant

      Hello again Joan,

      The following is information from one of the persons who helped with the design of the bell.

      It was made by the Amish Kraft Co, Grabill, IN. They start with a solid brass rod that is fed into a lathe that makes the bell. There is a small cavity in which an O-ring or grommet is inserted. The clapper is made so that it can be pushed up past the O-ring into a cavity that was made to receive it.

      The Amish are a religious group that do not believe in using modern conveniences such as plumbing, electricity & telephones. This particular family-run business uses a diesel generator in their manufacturing facility to power the machinery, thus they do not need to depend on public utilities.

      Hope this has been helpful.

      Laura

    • #12903
      Joan Elliott
      Participant

      Hi Laura

      Many thanks for finding the information about the clapper on this bell. We have copied your findings and will be sending it, along with our latest newsletter about our weekend in Cambridge, to all BCBI members.

      Joan

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