Riveted Unity Bell Frame

Carlos Nielbock of CAN Art Handworks, passionate about preserving the cultural heritage of Detroit, toured us through his facility on Wilkins Street. This led to our participation in his project to make an important Detroit artifact available for public display, the 1871 Unity Bell from Detroit’s old City Hall. Weighing 6700 pounds, the bronze bell required a new frame for its location at Shed 5 in Detroit’s Eastern Market, where it will be located in time for the December holidays, 2021. Fabrication of the Unity Bell frame will begin soon at Bach Steel in St. Johns, Michigan. The 3/4” rivets in this all-riveted frame will be driven with Bach Steel’s new hydraulic rivet equipment. We hope this will be the first of many new projects using rivets in the design of architectural features.

Carlos Nielbock
CAN Art Handworks Inc.
Detroit Michigan

Nels Raynor
Bach Ornamental and Structural Steel, Inc.
St. Johns, Michigan

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