|Project by blacknail||posted 10-26-2010 06:00 AM||1232 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
This is my local country church. A church in town had decided to donate their old bell to us and we went to work installing it. At first, we thought it would be a no brainer, but lugging that 200 lb bell up there was quite the challenge. After that was time to enclose it and after some figuring, I came up with the steeple and cross. Thought it was downhill from there, but again, lugging the steeple up there was another challenge. You would know that today, the day the preacher and I decided to install it, we would have winds in excess of 40 mph. We decided to use the steeple as a time capsule that church members can place items/notes/pics in to be found by a later generation.
The bell alone was loud, but we decided to see if we could give it a bit more volume by experimenting with the steeple. We built it of plywood then used resin & fiberglass to cover it. Now when the bell is rung, that steeple acts like a resonation box that indeed makes it louder. We were considering using some sort of louvre for the faces of the bellhousing, but are leaning toward making it in the same fashion as the steeple with wood and fiberglass, cut in soundholes on all four sides and see if we can get more volume once again.
-- Darrell B.