Dumb Bells

With our church bells inaccessible, what can we do, apart from handbells, to keep ringing?

First, a quiz question: where in the District is this ringable model bell?

Here is a 17th century dumb bell, from Knole House in Kent, for practising ringing. It was in the attic, rung from the Leicester Gallery on the floor below. The weights are attached to a roller, around which the rope is wound up. Click on the picture for a link to a larger version, on the National Trust website.

John Norris has produced a design for a mini dumb bell, for use with a simulator. You can order one from him, or download the design from his website.

I'm tempted to get an old bicycle wheel out of the garage and try to make a ringable bell, like this one, made a few years ago. It is pictured at Stretham, but was also used when the National 12-bell Striking Contest came to Cambridge in 2018. Click on the picture for a larger version, on the EDA website.

And don't forget the EDA mobile demonstration bell. The bell itself is made from fibre glass and the set-up has its own trailer, to be towed to events.

A 3D printed model is also available, if you have access to a 3D printer at home - see details on Thingiverse. However, it deosn't appear to have a rope.

Phil and Sam have said that their ropewalk will be available for general repairs, sally repairs and (machine-spliced) new tailends (machine spliced). But can they make ropes suitable for bicycle wheels or the other models above?

Finally, while on the subject of models, how about making your own out of Lego?

Or, speaking of Lego, I can't resist including this model by Ander Holroyd,which rings Plain Hunt Major on some toy bells! Click on the image to go to the YouTube video of it in action.

And here's the answer to the question at the top of the page, with the model bell in action.