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”

The Handbell Wars

So I’ve alluded to the fierce competition between the two Meneely bell foundries located across from each other on the Hudson River in New York State (both foundries have gone out of business). There is another intense competition in the handbell world between Schulmerich and Malmark that has only very recently eased up on theirContinue reading “The Handbell Wars”

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Evanston, Illinois

Last week I visited St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois to see their nine-bell chime in action. David Plank, Associate for Music Ministries, kindly led the way. Convenience at its finest. The chime stand is located on the ground floor of the church! The interesting part is upstairs, however. No scary ladders here, soContinue reading “St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Evanston, Illinois”

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”

Dartington Carillon Project

Some ambitious types have been drawn in by the pull of bells hook, line, and sinker in Dartington, UK. They are planning to mount The Dartington Carillon—a multifaceted, community oriented carillon combining the magic and technology of bells. Just look at all the different things this project is supposed to include: working foundry, bell sculpturesContinue reading “Dartington Carillon Project”

Rincker Bell Foundry in Chicago

As a Chicago resident, baptized by the bounteous snow, I naturally seek out information on the bell scene in my town. On the agenda for today is the bell founder Henry Rincker.* What I know: Henry Rincker was born in Germany in 1818 to a family of bell founders who had been casting bells sinceContinue reading “Rincker Bell Foundry in Chicago”