Long time Arcosanti resident and Foundry employee Gabriel Hendrix
celebrated his birthday today. Here he is assembling bells down in the
Foundry Apse. [Photos
and text by: Jennifer
Alexandra (October Workshop) uses a tool to press “feet” into the bell
mold. The molds are made of compressed sand – a relief of an aluminum
pattern. The other half of the bell mold will be embellished by her
Jody Smyth, also a
new employee in the Foundry, watches Justin remove impurities off the
surface of the bronze.
Alumnus Returnee Bruce
Bender pours bronze while Justin tails. New Employees Gaby (October Workshop) and Jody
watch for any bronze spills or splashes as well as preventing the
bronze from bubbling over once poured.
Bruce packs a mold for
the next heat – the second of three. The Foundry typically produces
100-150 uniquely designed bronze Soleri Windbells per day.