Swiss Bell Tower


I have a good friend who was given one of those giant Swiss cow bells, and he needed a place to display it. He asked me if there was a way to make a stand that would allow the bell to be removed without undoing the big strap and buckle. I created a joint that will allow the top cradle to be lifted off without opening the buckle, and yet be stable when in place. I refer to it as a bridle joint.

I have since made 5 more of these for other bell owners.

This one is make of oak, though I have made others of cherry and walnut.


I have to say – I love it when the photo of the item in use IA left to the end – it is like u wrapping a Christmas present.
The piece, itself, is absolutely beautiful but when seen with the cowbell – wow.

I bet he is thrilled with your creation!!
The “latch” isn’t flimsy looking, making it easy to move, I would imagine!

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

This same design would make a lovely quilt rack as well. Very nice!


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

That’s really cool. I’ve never heard of these bells. I’ll do some reading about them.

Great way for presenting them.

Losing fingers since 1969

Nice work, complements that beautiful bell and collar. The only cow bell I have seen is in an orchestra about the size of a tea cup. Thanks for sharing.


Very cool, one of the most unique projects I’ve seen ,well done.

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Beautiful work on a great show piece, Job well Done!

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