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      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      ABA Member and General Manager of Blagovest Bells, Mark Galperin, has asked me to post this fascinating story.

      Nearly lost to history, the traditional craft of bellmaking in the United States is being reborn in the basement of Notre Dame’s Riley Hall. Benjamin Sunderlin, an MFA student in sculpture, holds the distinction of being the only American practitioner of an art that first emerged in the Middle Ages and is kept alive only at a few overseas foundries today. Bells mark time, Sunderlin says, “but they’re also made in a certain time, and they represent the ideals and considerations of that culture.”

      To read the whole article, please go to: http://magazine.nd.edu/news/49964/ There is a video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzQc5mzCWHY that gives an a summary of what Benjamin Southerlin is doing. The video goes for 2 minutes, 36 seconds.

      Thanks, Mark, for sending us this interesting article!

    • #17826
      tarti
      Participant

      great article I really like it

      Feel free to visit our website Ludwisarnia Felczyńskich

      Jan Felczyński – Professional Bell Foundry in Poland.

      It is written in Polish, English and Ukraine language. In the right top corner on our website you can select a button to translate it to other languages.

      The title of the page says:
      Jan Felczyński – Professional Bell Foundry in Poland.
      Bells made of the best materials according to old bell-foundring tradition!

      Here is what is written about the history of the company:

      History

      The origin of bells and beginning of bell-faundry craft are dated in the long distance history. It was Christianity, though, that introduced bell as the ritual work and led to accelaration of development of this source of craft over the world. In short period of time in the whole contemporary world bell towers were built with more and more beutiful musical instruments inside.

      The history of our bell foundry leads to either old times…it was first established in 1808 by Micheal Felczynski in the city of Kalusz in Poland. Since its establishment bell-foundry was working incessantly with the exception of tought times of wars. Family’s love to bell-foundry craft allowed our company’s survival till nowadays.

      Micheal’s grandson – John after Poland restored its independence reactivated bell-foundry in year 1948. Since then the art of bell manuafacturing was handed over from generation to generation. Today the company is led by Piotr Olszewski grandson of John Felczynski together with father Waldemar – the certified master in bell-foundry profession. The clanging of bells manufactured in John Felczynski’s Bell foundry since ages delights people all over the world.

      Faithful to tradition, today we continue the work of John.

      Inspired by tradition we believe that only the highest quality bell will survive centuries and sound the most beautiful.

    • #17825
      nightflier51
      Participant

      Im a farm bell maker. I make 9 inch to 14 inch bells from cast aluminum alloy. This is not an ad but I just want folks to know I make bells in my back yard. Bell making is a hot hard job for one person to do but I love setting up the sand molds and at evening, fire the old wood fueled brick furnace up with the blower under it. I use a cast iron pot to melt the aluminum and pour the bells.

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