Bells like these were once used daily by pioneers, ranchers and trail cooks to call the kids in for lunch, bring the hands in for supper, and to let the cattle drovers know it was time for the evening grub. Attached to the back of a chuck wagon or hung from the porch, that sweet, distinct clang always meant one thing: something hot was on the table.
Today, whether you’re a cattle wrangler or you just feel like one sometimes, this classic triangle-style dinner bell will find a welcome place in your home. With its timeless shape and bright, ringing tone, when sounded for a meal, a house meeting, or just for the hell of it, it’s sure to get everyone’s attention.
For breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any meal in between: after making sure the bell is hanging freely away from any obstructions, simply grasp the clanger bar in your hand and go to town. Try moving your hand in a circular motion, striking all three inner sides of the triangle in succession. Hog calling is optional.
If you wish, you may paint this steel bell with a good quality spray paint. Otherwise, the steel will age naturally over time to a beautiful, rustic patina.
These dinner bells are hand forged from start to finish. First, the pieces of heavy steel are cut to length. Next, all sharp edges are sanded off for a smooth finish. Finally, these pieces are bent into shape using a benchtop metal bender. With the final addition of a sisal hanging strap, the dinner bell is ready to be rung.
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