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The Periodic Musings of a Bellmaker

I have kept a journal for most of thirty years. There are then "those Letters". Some would seek & wish for more, while others have shrunk from, my history of writing & widely sharing "daunting" letters. For decades they were in a highly stylized & personal calligraphy written in India Ink with a technical pen, photocopied... for my archive & sometimes for sharing... it happens so automatically now, but at the time they were playing with the edges of privacy & proprietary. One day I would like to have a font mimicking that calligraphic style for my currently digitized writing... I intend to post open letters, some journal entries, & perhaps other writing to share on this page...

AFTER WINTER SOLSTICE – 2018…

Greetings on the Winter Solstice 2018… Sunrise at Soundcliff on the morning after the longest night… Solstice is THE holiday for me. A day as “HOLY” as I can easily accept… being quite real. The physical manifestation of whatever genuine magic keeps the world from tilting totally out of control. A moment in the rhythmic continuity…

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Jingle Crotals…

JINGLE BELLS… are they wrong? Please, don’t get me wrong too! I’m just an artist, a maker of resonant small silver bells who loves also to play with words… in this case the Latin word CROTAL, which means rattle. Thus, all “jingle bells”… because they have a pebble or bead rattling loosely inside them to make the sound, are actually Crotals… unlike bells, which have attached clappers. Most ”sleigh bells” are thus also crotals! So… lets sing this song…

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BIRTHING THE MOLDS…

GRB Bells recently participated in our VIVA [Vashon Island Visual Arts] Spring Tour the first two weekends of May. [Our Holiday Tour is the first two full weekends of December.] As part of the studio’s presentation I demonstrate wax injection, one part of the process of the bells’ manufacture which I am capable, within the constraints of time, to demonstrate simply. I am thus encouraged to explain here the process of making the mold into which the wax is…

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CROATIA-VENICE- AMSTERDAM… PART SIX…

While Amsterdam is another city built on an ancient system of canals, it could hardly be more different than Venice. The spatial aspects of both cities are unique in spite that each is flat to the sea. The Dutch, coming from the land, built yet more land. Venice… perching precariously on pilings anchoring only a few small unstable prehistoric islands, squatting in the shallows of a lagoon… Protected by all those walls we walked in Croatia… Venice arched inwardly upward, hoarding…

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CROATIA-VENICE-AMSTERDAM… PART FIVE: VENEZIA…

Our room has rich silk brocade on the walls in a stylishly remodeled building where Stephen had stayed a decade ago. It is smaller than expected… not the same upper room he thought he had reserved. But we have all of Venice… probably our favorite city… just below the window facing the facade of the church. On the hotel’s top floor is a sitting area offering chilled prosecco adjacent to a roof-top terrace overlooking Saint Stephen’s…

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