A leap in time from historical workshop to a highly modern, quality-oriented foundry

When visitors enter the old casting hall, they absorb the mystique of an age-old handicraft. A 200-year old wood burning oven not only bears witness to a bygone era, but is still used in large-scale castings to smelt up to 10 tons of bronze by burning dry spruce.

 

The most stimulating encounter of the Bell Museum is its successful fusion of ‘museum’ and ‘lived handicraft’. Anyone who visits while castings are taking place can actually watch the bell casters at work in a modern, colourful foundry. The heart of the new foundry is a 6-meter deep pit in which bells weighing up to 37 tons can be cast.

 

In the long and complex manufacturing process of a bell, the moment of its casting is the natural climax. A prayer that it will succeed is ceremoniously uttered just before the molten metal is poured. At the once-monthly large castings, several bells with an overall weight of several tons destined for several different countries are cast simultaneously. At Grassmayr Foundry, the customer is notified about casting times. Visitors who happen to be at the museum during casting are welcome to watch this exciting event. It is capped off by a congratulatory Tyrolean schnaps!