The art of making a bell
The art of making fine-tuned church bells, chimes and carillons has not changed much over the last three thousand years, but the technical innovations in the last few centuries make it much easier to design and make the bell. Every Verdin cast bronze bell is handcrafted, starting with a specially constructed mold. A false bell and an exterior mold, called the cope, are created individually for each bell. When the false bell is removed, a space is exposed just large enough to receive a measured amount of precisely formulated molten copper and tin. After cooling for days, the mold is broken apart to release the bell and the mold is never used again.
How a bell is made
VERDIN BELL FOUNDRY, CINCINNATI, OH
A visit to The Verdin Bell Foundry to watch how a bell is made.
The Spirit of Iowa Tribute Bell
Night Bell Casting
2017 Iowa State Fair, Verdin Bell Foundry on Wheels™
The world’s only traveling bell foundry
Verdin’s Bell Foundry on Wheels was originally designed and built by Verdin to help Ohio celebrate its bicentennial. For three years, the foundry traveled throughout Ohio, casting bronze bells for each of the state’s 88 counties in celebration of the bicentennial. To date, the Bell Foundry on Wheels has cast over 119 bronze bells for communities and businesses across the country. The two-day bell casting event is unique, fun, and interactive—allowing the entire community to be involved and enhancing the dedication of your bell or bell tower.
Bringing bells to the community
VILLAGE OF EVENDALE, OH
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Village of Evendale held a special ceremony to dedicate its new Tribute Tower to honor first responders. Festivities included the making of a bell with the help of Verdin’s Bell Foundry On Wheels.