NEED A BELL? GIVE ME A RING!

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Bell founder David Snoo Wil­son isn’t ex­actly wear­ing tra­di­tional cos­tume – which is ap­pro­pri­ate, be­cause his metal-work­ing tech­niques are far from old-fash­ioned.

He has a welder’s leather apron, firefighter’s boots and a 1950s US Navy foul weather hat. This bizarre cos­tume is his pro­tec­tive cloth­ing in the Ore & In­got trav­el­ling foundry that he runs with his part­ner Jo Lath­wood. He has been ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent al­loys to tra­di­tional bell bronze, chang­ing the pitch and the tim­bre of the bells that he casts. ‘I’m cu­ri­ous to try as many vari­a­tions as pos­si­ble,’ he says.

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