Gilding metal bell

A small handbell made of gilding metal (≈Cu95/Zn5) in the metal workshops of the Newton Dee Camphill community in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Each bell passes through many hands during its manufacture, allowing different individuals to maximise their input depending on their skills, one might hammer the dome to shape, another flatten the base, assemble the ringer, chase off burrs, or planish and polish the metal. Each has a different but beautifully clear tone. About 6cm diameter and just over 6cm high.

In 1939, inspired by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, Karl König created his first community for the learning disabled at Kirkton house, near Aberdeen. By 1940 they had moved to the nearby Camphill estate, from which the now worldwide movement still takes its name. Their purpose being for people of all abilities to live and work together in an environment of mutual care, interdependence, and respect. To this end each community is built around a series of workshops where their members can be taught and develop skills in a range of sustainable activities from agriculture to bookbinding to carpentry.
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