HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY: To this reporter it seems important to acknowledge the steady, every day persistence in good solid work as the true basis for any independence. Whether the insistence to be free of oppression, or simple daily toil, only consistency in the approach yields any result. Here at Arcosanti our foundry crew is a good example. The production of bells is a tough job, especially in the hot summer month. The foundry crew produces bells five days a week with 3 or 4 heats [bronze pours] every day, molding, pouring, cleaning, drilling and assembling. [Photo & text: sa]


Crewmember Jim Huth impresses a design into the silt form. [Photo & text: sa]


Design detail. [Photo & text: sa]


The crew at work. [Photo & text: sa]


Crewmember Melinda Barnadas. [Photo & text: sa]


The crew takes turns to pour the bronze. This time Andrew Kle [middle] is guiding the crucible with Melinda tailing. [Photo & text: sa]


Tom Sargent and James Moscovic are shoveling, a stand-by security incase any bronze tries to escape. [Photo & text: sa]


>>left>> The bells get cleaned, brushed and extra flashing is ground away. >>right>> Crewmember Sarah Merando assembles some of the bells. [Photo & text: sa]


With beautiful designs and a clean sound, Soleri bells are a trademark all over the world of a courageous endeavor. There is not much romance in a repetative job, but the steady labour of this foundry crew insures in large part the ‘Independence’ to continue a dream, the slow but steady building of Soleri’s ‘Urban Laboratory’ here at Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa]

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