Block Island Bell™


Block Island has long been known for its dangerous shoals and frequent fog. The shores of this island present many perils for captains of vessels large and small. It's harbor buoys and famous lighthouses continue to be proud sentinels for their safety.

About Buoy Bells

This is a family story, started by Jim and May Davidson on the craggy Maine Coast, in the mid seventies. In the small village of Round Pond they, their family and 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 the pouring surf and the constant warning of the bell buoys.  After a time, it occurred t him, that others may also enjoy the reassuring sound of the bell buoys.  

He began recording the sounds of the bell and gong buoys where he hauled his lobster traps, and then eagerly sought other bells in the region. After painstakingly working pieces of steel to match the tones he produced his first set of bells - these bells recall the haunting, yet comforting sounds Jim experienced while working along the New England Coast. Over time, additional bells have been added to this impressive collection. 

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