Buddy Bell

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-10-2015 03:37 AM 1106 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Korean Bell of Friendship (more commonly called Korean Friendship Bell) is a massive bronze bell housed in a stone pavilion in Angel’s Gate Park, in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Located at the corner of Gaffey and 37th Streets, the section of the park is alternatively called the “Korean-American Peace Park” and occupies part of the former Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur. The bell was presented by the Republic of Korea to the American people to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States and to symbolize friendship between the two nations. (Wikipedia)

Altogether fitting, then, that, after all the helpful suggestions I got from my Buddies, and waking up a few days ago with an image of this bell and pavilion in my head, I should name this the “Buddy Bell” (not to be confused with the great guitarist).
There are elements in this piece that were influenced by many of your ideas. Too many, in point of fact, to enumerate. As I said at one time, the help I received after posting my blog, planted seeds in my mind that would germinate over time, and be a part of me forever. I seriously had no clue what to do with this Hackberry Thing. Then, I went to the well. And this is what I found. I’m more pleased with it than I can say. I hope you are, too. I had to create a new folder for the photos of this piece. There was no other choice but to call it the “Objets de High Arte” folder.
Thanks again for all the help.
This isn’t quite done yet. The Bell/Pavilion are finished. But the base, which is a Marble floor tile needs to be shined up. I want a reflection that allows the viewer to see up into the interior without bending over. A mirror placed underneath would be distracting and would cover a portion of that beautiful Marble. So, I tried everything I could think of to make it shine. None of that effort being of any avail, I ordered a package of Envirotex Resin. I should receive that next week. And, assuming I do it right, I’ll post more photos in a new blog, describing in greater detail the process of building this, along with a brief walkthrough of the way I achieved the coloring in the peak, for which the Blue Ice was practice.
I made the circular cut using a metal-cutting blade in my jigsaw.
Enjoy. And, thanks again.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-10-2015 04:17 AM

Nothing short of fantastic. Hope to get my computer back. Next week to view all. Projects. Phone does. Not do justice

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 10-10-2015 04:21 AM

Thank you, Brian.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 10-10-2015 04:32 AM

BUDDY HELL that is nice Mark.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#4 posted 10-10-2015 05:08 AM

Thank you, Bob.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 10-10-2015 06:04 AM

Nice work Mark, educational too. I just had to read up on the Friendship Bell after seeing yours.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 10-10-2015 06:37 AM

Outstanding Mark, you should be very proud of that.

Thank you for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 10-10-2015 06:37 AM

Thanks, John. The Buddy Bell weighs in at considerably less than seventeen tons.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 10-10-2015 10:25 AM

Excellent piece, Mark!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 10-10-2015 11:20 AM

Thanks, Jim.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 10-10-2015 12:08 PM

I know those don’t grow on trees! Nice work Mark!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#11 posted 10-10-2015 12:59 PM

Here is some ‘back patting’ for the photo work. I assume that is natural sunlight? Shows every bit of the project crystal clear and the colors are just gorgeous!

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#12 posted 10-10-2015 01:22 PM

Great work Mark. This is something to be proud of. Your efforts shine brightly on this.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 10-10-2015 01:43 PM

Mark, you did a fine job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 10-10-2015 02:04 PM

Fantastic job, Mark. It’s a beautiful piece.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#15 posted 10-10-2015 03:16 PM

Great project, great tribute to friendship! I like those shapes and colours.This bowl grain is incredible.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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