Designing a moveable bell support
May 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm #12265pmahr1Participant
My high school has just recovered it’s long missing bronze school bell. It’s 13″ high by 16″ across. As the schools metal shop teacher, my job is to mount it on a portable (wheeled) platform so it can be taken to football games, assemblies, etc. It has no yoke or clapper. Originally it was rung by a sledge hammer to the outside, which I feel is not a great way to treat this device. My initial question is whether to make the bell yoke moveable, tipping it to ring it, or to make the yoke stationary and ring it by pulling on the clapper. Are there pros and cons to think about regarding this decision? Thank you for your support!
May 18, 2013 at 7:26 am #17491Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
Thank you for realizing that hitting the bell with a hammer on its outside is harmful and “cruel and unusual punishment”, never mind being disrespectful to the bell!
You might consider making a clapper for it. Without seeing a picture of the bell so we can see what style the original mounting mechanism was, it is hard to advise you.
You may want to ask your band director if s/he has any “marching band” equipment catalogs that may have pictures of wheeled platforms for “victory” bells. You may get some design ideas from them.
Also, it might be helpful if you perused the Repair, Restoration, Parts, and Cleaning section of the “Bell Talk” Forum for ideas. I recall that a few years ago there was someone asking about a “victory” bell to be used by his school.
Is there a loop inside the top of the bell to which you can attach a clapper? If not, you may be able to fabricate one. If you make a clapper, it should probably have a loop on the bottom ball on the clapper to which a rope can be attached. That probably would be less expensive that making and attaching a wheel. Hopefully someone else can give you an idea of how long the clapper should be (or where it should hit the bell).
Jus’ some “food for thought.”
May 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm #17492GarryParticipant
Carolyn is right!
Thumping it on the outside is definitely not what you want to do. It risks damage.
Here are some ideas for you!
May 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm #17493pmahr1Participant
Wow, this is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks, everyone.
November 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm #17494nightflier51Participant
You are lucky indeed that hitting the bell with a sledge did not crack it. Overzealous ball games and over hitting that bell could’ve broken it beyond repair. Its good that you came to this site and prevented that from happening.
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