Bell Casting

How a Bell Is Made

Verdin bell casting: as seen on Discovery Channel

For more than six centuries the basic process for casting bells has not changed. Even though mechanical lathes and modern electronic turning devices are now being used, the precise art of bell casting continues to rely on old world skills that have been handed down from generation to generation.

Every Verdin Cast Bronze Bell is handcrafted. Verdin will cast any size bell from six pounds up to the famous World Peace Bell weighing 66,000 pounds.

Verdin bell featured on History Channel's Modern Marvels

A visit to The Verdin Bell Foundry reveals why bronze, a copper alloy, has been used to make music for hundreds of years.

Verdin family began their bell and clock business in 1842. Today the Verdin Company represents six generations of experience and has been recognized as the preeminent manufacturer and installer of bells, clocks, and towers. Verdin has over 50,000 installation world-wide. The video starts with the World Peace Bell...Twelve feet high and 66,000 pounds, it's the largest swinging bell in the world.

The World Peace Bell, was created by The Verdin Company, installed at The Millennium Monument site in Newport, Kentucky.

Bell Facts:

  • Weight: 66,000 pounds
  • Width: 12 feet
  • Diameter: 12 feet
  • Material: 80% copper, 20% Tin
  • Yoke: 16,512 pounds
  • Clapper: 6,878 pounds
  • Musical Note: A
  • Casting Date: December 11, 1998
  • Dedication Date: December 31, 1999

As inventors of the first American electric bell ringer in 1927, Verdin expertise and engineering was used to build this fantastic striker and swinger to ring the bell.

The World Peace Bell was cast by the Verdin team in Nantes France, at Fonderie de l'Atlantique on December 11, 1998.

Learn more » experience a bell casting

Back to top »