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ship's bell

by Davidson family
Handmade
Recycled
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  • the story

Ahoy!

For centuries, ship bells have been used for signaling, keeping time and providing alarm. Hand crafted by the Davidson family in Maine, this chime echoes that tradition with three cheerful and ascending tones ranging from a mellow pitch to a medium pitch to a higher pitch.

Each ship bell is made of 60% recycled steel and created in an eco-friendly process. Has a "living finish" that will patina over time. Made in Round Pond, Maine.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
18957
Made from
recycled steel
Measurements
chime: 7" L x 4.25" W x 4" deep; windcatcher: 4" H x 3.75" W; chain: 5" L
  • the maker

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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SHIP'S BELL
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Pleasant chime (8)
  • Attractive (7)
  • Weather proof (7)
  • Sensitive to breezes (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Porch (8)
  • Garden (5)
  • Front yard (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (8), Budget shopper (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (7)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (3)

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5.0

Beautifully crafted

By 

from Mill Creek, Washington

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Pleasant Chime
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Doorway
    • Front Yard
    • Porch

    Comments about SHIP'S BELL:

    Made in the USA with environmental consciousness in mind.

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

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    nice compliment to other chimes

    By 

    from cyrstal coast, nc

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Pleasant Chime
    • Sensitive To Breezes
    • Weather Resistant

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Front Yard
      • Porch

      Comments about SHIP'S BELL:

      nice little chime to compliment the deep tone buoy bell that we bought also

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

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again.

      By 

      from Jackson, MI

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Pleasant Chime
      • Sensitive To Breezes
      • Weather Resistant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • On Our Pontoon

        Comments about SHIP'S BELL:

        The recipient loved the bell. It was so unique. The bell was a little heavier than we expected but that doesn't matter. After a recent trip to Maine, it will be a reminder of my trip. It's perfect! we can hardly wait to put it on the pontoon next year.

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

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Wonderful Gift

        By 

        from Burkburnett TX

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Pleasant Chime
        • Sensitive To Breezes
        • Weather Resistant

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Porch

          Comments about SHIP'S BELL:

          I have given two of these as gifts. Next one I buy will be for myself. My Aunt that I gave it to says it hangs in her garden right outside her window and the sound is exactly like that of a ships bell and she grew up around the ocean and the sounds of the ships bell. My sisters birthday is today but she had seen my Aunts and hinted that is what she wanted. Thank you for a quality made product that has made a couple of my favorite people very happy.

          • 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

          Great Gift

          By 

          from Texas

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Pleasant Chime

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about SHIP'S BELL:

            I got this gift for my Aunt for her birthday and she was just thrilled with it. Said the sound was wonderful and sounded like an actual ships bell. Now my sister is hinting she wants one for her birthday. I am glad I found this website and I will be ordering more for sure.

            • 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

            He`s going to love it!

            By 

            from Lafayette,La.

            About Me Budget Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Weather Resistant

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Porch

              Comments about SHIP'S BELL:

              My boyfriend use to be a boat captain,I think he`s gonna LOVE IT !!!!

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

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it!

              By 

              from Lima, Ohio

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Pleasant Chime

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden

                Comments about SHIP'S BELL:

                This is a really lovely chime. Perfect price too!

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                this item is fantastic.......not junky.

                By 

                from branford,ct

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Pleasant Chime
                • Sensitive To Breezes
                • Weather Resistant

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Porch

                  Comments about SHIP'S BELL:

                  I have no complaints about this item. It's great

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Lovely, but a little bit loud

                  By 

                  from London (UK)

                  About Me Budget Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Pleasant Chime

                  Cons

                  • Too Loud

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SHIP'S BELL:

                    I fell in love with this by listening to the audio clip. Unfortunately I haven't been able to enjoy it fully because there simply haven't been strong enough winds to make it chime. It is too heavy for light breezes. Also, it's a bit loud. I live in close quarters and am worried that it will drive my neighbours batty if it starts ringing too much, especially at night. I wish there was a way to muffle the sound a bit.

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Product

                    By 

                    from Las Vegas, NV

                    About Me Budget Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • It's Just Cool

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Back Yard
                      • Front Yard
                      • Garden
                      • Porch

                      Comments about SHIP'S BELL:

                      I bought this for my dad who just got his sailing licence. He thinks it's the coolest thing! He describes it as very heavy but it makes a really great noise in the wind. Perfect gift for dad.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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