Buoy Bells

The wind chimes evoke the tone of the bells in some of America's historic harbors.
created by

Davidson family

$62.00 - 74.00

Davidson family created by

Davidson family

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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.

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Made in Maine

Davidson family

created by

Davidson family

location

Maine

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.

Handmade Recycled Made in the USA
Made from
powder coated steel
Measurements
Bar Harbor: 14" L x 8" W 5 lbs
Outer Banks: 16.5" L x 9.5" W 6.5 lbs
Item ID
14384

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within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
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will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

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UncommonGoodsBuoy Bells
 
4.8

(based on 118 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (96)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (90)
  • Weather proof (75)
  • Easy to secure (68)
  • Visible at A distance (59)
  • High quality (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back yard (68)
  • Porch (68)
  • Garden (61)
  • Front yard (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (69), Budget shopper (16), Practical (11), High-end shopper (10), Stylish (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (43), No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Such a perfect gift I bought 1 for me

This is a thoughtful, practical, and useful item. As a gift you won't have to worry about whether they will like it or use it. They will have it years from now as...Read complete review

This is a thoughtful, practical, and useful item. As a gift you won't have to worry about whether they will like it or use it. They will have it years from now as part of their home and lives. These chimes have a peaceful and relaxing tone whose sounds subtly soothes. Don't buy that crystal candy bowl or cake plate, buy this chime. While you're at it you may as well plan to get yourself one too. You'll be sorry if you don't. (Really, I'm not in with this company or an advertiser!)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice looking, not loud enough

Nice looking, nice tone, anticipated really big sound but didn't get it.

Nice looking, nice tone, anticipated really big sound but didn't get it.

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5.0

Calming sound!

By 

from Alabama

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Porch

    Comments about UncommonGoods Buoy Bells:

    In 2009 we purchased our bell, and it is still just as sturdy and sounds just as great as the day it was delivered! I'm a stroke survivor, and the sound of our Bar Harbor Buoy Bell is soothing and creates a stress-free zone for me!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Delightful Sound!

    By 

    from Tennessee

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Porch

      Comments about UncommonGoods Buoy Bells:

      I purchased the Outer Banks bell and am delighted with the tone. Hanging in my garden its' resonance brings back fond memories of traveling between the islands of the Outer Banks. It is well made and should last many years.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this wind chime

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      from Pensacola, FL

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Pleasant Chime

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Porch

        Comments about UncommonGoods Buoy Bells:

        I love the deeper tones of this chime. Most chimes are a bit too tinkly. With this one, I can bring the cost with me wherever I live!

        Service and delivery comments:

        Super fast delivery.

         
        4.0

        Would buy again

        By 

        from Melbourne Beach, fl

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Pleasant Chime

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Placed on back yard

          Comments about UncommonGoods Buoy Bells:

          Weathered proofed, added more secure chain, painted copper, place on back yard Indian River(Intercoastal)

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery prompt/well packaged

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fabulous quality and sound!

          By 

          from Knoxville, TN

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Pleasant Chime
          • Weather Resistant

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Porch

            Comments about UncommonGoods Buoy Bells:

            Wonderful sound! Very relaxing! Made a great gift !

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            Beautiful tone!

            By 

            from NYC

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about UncommonGoods Buoy Bells:

              Thrilling gift- brought back memories of Maine.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              PERFECT CHIME FOR ANY HOME! GREAT HOUSE WARMING GIFT!

              By 

              from OHIO

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Doorway
                • Front Yard
                • Garden
                • Porch

                Comments about UncommonGoods Buoy Bells:

                THIS BOUY BELL/CHIME IS EXACTLY AS SELLER DEPICTS! I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE TONE, THE LOOK AND THE QUAILTY! I AM PLANNING AHEAD AND THINKING OF WAYS TO GIFT THESE BOUY BELL/CHIMES TO FRIENDS. I'M TINKING HOUSE WARMING GIFTS!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                this was given as a gift and they loved it.

                By 

                from Rhinebeck NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Buoy Bells:

                    sounds great

                     
                    5.0

                    Great gift for folks who have everything.

                    By 

                    from Galveston

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about UncommonGoods Buoy Bells:

                        This was a gift for a couple who just bought a new home. It will remind them of our friendship and joy in this new chapter of their life.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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 UncommonGoods 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.

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                          • No

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