Unicorn Bell
    Id #2 designed 1982


My first ever bell. After many tests with different shapes, I had a basic understanding of bell technology. I began with a block of wax that I poured into a paper cup. I turned it on on a lathe. I was very careful to make the bell wall thin between the top and bottom bands. This is where the bell flexes. It allows the bottom to vibrate independently from the top. The vibration is cyclic and forms the sound waves we hear as ringing.

Then I carved a relief of unicorns. For the handle I made a prancing unicorn. The clapper is round and strikes solidly near the inside of the rim.

This bell always has a consistent ring. It is clear and bright and unlike some of my other bells, the tone does not vary from bell to bell.