Bell Casting on the Road

POSTED BY: News Department
Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 05:53 PM
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Muskingum County gets ready for their turn to celebrate Ohio’s bicentennial. The first steps of creating the bell began tonight at the courthouse in downtown Zanesville. The casting process itself begins with melting the bronze for the bell and pouring the mold, the two events taking place tonight. The Verdin company, who designed the foundry, is making history with the process. “When we came up with the idea to do this in front of the public of course, we had to re-develop the wheel, come up with different techniques to make it almost fool-proof,” said Dave Verdin, vice president of the Verdin company. He says the casting process has a high percentage of failure. When they consulted peers for help to design the world’s first portable foundry, it was easy to get discouraged. “We had one friend in Holland whose comment was ‘it can’t be done and no one would be foolish enough to try it.’ So most of our peers were not very interested in dedicating any time to a project like this,” said Verdin. So far, Verdin has been successful creating the bells across the state. There have been no failures in sixty-three tries. The bell pouring begins at eight o’clock tonight, and he promises it will be fun to watch.

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