|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 613 days ago||1381 views||0 times favorited||26 comments|
I named these the “Phoenix” bells because they literally rose out of the ashes. I first posted them in this project- http://lumberjocks.com/projects/55783 – over a year ago when I made the holder for the original bells of the first St Mary Magdalen church from 1956. Last Sunday night, the church caught fire and was almost entirely destroyed. The biggest loss was the full array of stained glass windows that were made by a single artist, Maria Orr, over the course of 3 years. They were dedicated last year.
I knew where they kept the bells in the front of the church, so yesterday, Tim, Bob and I sifted through the rubble a foot deep with a shovel and rake and we found all three bells. We wanted to have a chance to look before an end loader cleared the area. The 4th pictures shows what they looked like after the fire. The brass inserts also survived and I used them over on this holder.
The holder is a bit different in contour and it is made of quarter sawn white oak with Zar 120 stain. The finish is clear matte spray.
The bells will be a surprise for Fr. Godfrey when he says the 5 o’clock mass tomorrow at the East Kentwood high school auditorium.
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!