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by Davidson family $60.00 - 72.00
Handmade
Recycled

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  • the story

Sounds Of the Harbor

These rugged wind chimes echo the distinctive and familiar tones of buoys' bells, ringing out the comfort of home no matter the weather. Specifically evoking the tone of the bells in Maine's Bar Harbor, Boston Harbor, the Outer Banks or San Francisco Bay, these chimes capture the majesty of nature in unique settings.

Each powder-coated wind chime is made of 60% recycled steel and created in an eco-friendly process. Designed and handmade by the Davidson family of Maine, each bell has a "living finish" that will patina over time.

Click each of the following names to hear its sound: Bar Harbor Bell, San Francisco Bay Bell, Boston Harbor Bell, Outer Banks Bell.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
14384
Made from
powder coated steel
Measurements
Bar Harbor: 14"Lx8"W 5 lbs
Boston Harbor: 11"Lx6"W 2 lbs
Outer Banks: 16.5"Lx9.5"W 6.5 lbs
San Fran. 14"Lx8"W 5 lbs
  • the maker
Davidson family

Davidson family

This is a family story, begun by Jim and May Davidson on the craggy Maine Coast. In the small town of Round Pond they, their family and their neighbors craft wind bells that echo the distinctive and familiar tones of coastal and harbor bells.

For many years Jim, like his neighbors, worked as a lobsterman. He spent countless hours on the water listening to pounding surf and the constant warning of bell buoys. After a time, it occurred to him that others might also enjoy the reassuring sound of bell buoys.

He began recording the sounds of bell and gong buoys where he hauled lobster traps, and then eagerly sought other bells in the region. After hours of listening to these tapes and painstakingly working pieces of steel to match the tones, he produced his first set of bells that recall the haunting, yet comforting sounds Jim experienced while working along the New England Coast.

Each bell is based on Jim's interpretation of the gong and bell buoys in the areas for which they're named. Because of the wide variance in their tones, his groupings have resulted in single, double and triple-toned bells. Each is reminiscent of the magic he experienced on the water.

As time has passed, Jim and May's children, Connie and Paul, have gone on to create additional bells.

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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BUOY BELLS
 
4.8

(based on 109 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (88)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (83)
  • Weather proof (69)
  • Easy to secure (67)
  • Visible at A distance (58)
  • High quality (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back yard (68)
  • Porch (63)
  • Garden (55)
  • Front yard (41)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (62), Budget shopper (16), Practical (11), High-end shopper (10), Stylish (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (40), No (10)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (8), Husband (5), Mother (3), Self (3), Wife (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (12), Birthday (6), Other (5)

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5.0

Sturdy, well made, and with a haunting melody off Bar Harbor

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from Edgewood, WA

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Beautiful
  • Easy To Secure
  • Sound
  • Visible At A Distance
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back Yard
    • Garden
    • Porch

    Comments about BUOY BELLS:

    I'm using the Bar Harbor buoy bell at my mother's memorial, as she was born in Vinalhaven, MA. and I want to remember her when I hear the wind chime clang, like off the ocean. If the wind blows too hard, and the bell gets too loud, the clapper inside can be "hushed", and made silent, so as not to disturb the neighbors and sleeping children. I can hardly wait for the wind to stir it, and bring back long lost memories being close to the sea....and my mom's memory.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    Beautiful addition to the patio

    By 

    from North Haven, CT

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Secure
    • Visible At A Distance

    Cons

    • Needs A Heavy Breeze

    Best Uses

    • Back Yard
    • Garden
    • Porch

    Comments about BUOY BELLS:

    This is a very attractive nautical-themed chime with a great sound. Only 4 stars because the metal loop that attaches the buoy to the hanging chain was bent upon arrival. Hopefully it will not snap, requiring a return. It does need a stiff breeze to move and an s hook may be needed depending on where it is hung.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Buoy Bells are great gifts!

    By 

    from Copley, Ohio

    About Me Budget Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Secure
    • The Sound Is Beautiful

    Cons

    • No cons

    Best Uses

    • Back Yard
    • Garden
    • Sounds Great Anywhere

    Comments about BUOY BELLS:

    My sister loved her Birthday present!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    Sounds of the Sea

    By 

    from Oregon

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Secure
    • Visible At A Distance
    • Weather Resistant

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Balcony

      Comments about BUOY BELLS:

      It was a nice gift from my mother.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Best gift for Dad!

      By 

      from High Point, NC

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about BUOY BELLS:

            My father loved it!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Father
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Christmas Gift

            By 

            from Barnstead, NH

            About Me Budget Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden

                Comments about BUOY BELLS:

                I haven't fully unpacked the gift yet, because I have not given the gift yet. It seems to be made of good materials, it was heavy and didn't feel cheaply made when I took it out of the box.

                Service and delivery comments:

                The delivery was on time, the box had been destroyed pretty badly and then taped back up so I was a little nervous about the condition. I haven't given the gift yet so hopfully it isn't damaged due to the box being damaged.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Mother
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                5.0

                Buoy Bells

                By 

                from Boise,Idaho

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Weather Resistant

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back Yard

                  Comments about BUOY BELLS:

                  Sounds just like the bells I heard while living on East Coast. Think of ocean, fog and calm. Love the sound.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Husband
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Exellent product

                  By 

                  from Westford, MA

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Secure
                  • True to description
                  • Very well made
                  • Very Well Packaged
                  • Visible At A Distance
                  • Weather Resistant

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Back Yard
                    • Front Yard
                    • Garden
                    • Porch

                    Comments about BUOY BELLS:

                    This bell is really terrific --wonderful sound, product is as high quality as was described, very well made, and was solidly packaged safe and very secure so no damage would occur in shipping.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    product was in perfect condition --was packaged very securely and I really liked the box/package it came in.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Other
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Birthday

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Feeling like I'm at the ocean!

                    By 

                    from Kentucky

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy To Secure
                    • Weather Resistant

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Back Yard
                      • Front Yard
                      • Garden
                      • Porch

                      Comments about BUOY BELLS:

                      Good quality. Sounds authentic. Love that it is made in good ole USA!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Husband
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Christmas or Hanukkah

                      Comment on this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Sounds of the Sea

                      By 

                      from Portsmouth, RI

                      About Me Midrange Shopper

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy To Secure
                      • Visible At A Distance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Back Yard
                        • Front Yard
                        • Garden
                        • Porch

                        Comments about BUOY BELLS:

                        We live by the water and I had always wanted to get a buoy bell for my yard to compliment my other wind chimes. I chose the outer banks buoy since we love traveling to NC and plan to stay in the outer banks this summer. I love the look and sound of my buoy bell - solid and good quality. I would recommend purchasing this made in Maine product to support USA vendors and listen to the sounds of the sea!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Self
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Birthday

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