Chicago Bell Tolls for the 9/11 Victims

Serendipity led me to this story about a bell from Chicago that tolled for the 9/11 victims in Manhattan. Rev. David W. Schlatter, a fire chaplain in Wilmington, DE, wanted to remember his friend and colleague Rev. Mychal F. Judge, who was a NYC fire chaplain who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11.Continue reading “Chicago Bell Tolls for the 9/11 Victims”

Paul Revere, Bell Founder

Did you know that Paul Revere cast bells? I know, right!? He warns of enemy troops AND casts bells—he’s a patriot after my own heart. And really, he did it all. From the Massachusetts Historical Society, we learn he was at one time or another a silversmith, engraver, revolutionary propagandist, soldier, cannon founder, dentist, hardwareContinue reading “Paul Revere, Bell Founder”

The Bell Grooves

Courtesy of the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, MA, we have a marvelous picture of the inside of several super shiny bells. Now why would there be those grooves inside the bell? To tune them, of course! Remember the five lowest partials in a bell? The bell founders tune those partials by shaving offContinue reading “The Bell Grooves”