BikeMaine 2016 Route Highlight: US Bells (Watering Cove Studios), Prospect Harbor
P.O. Box 73
Prospect Harbor, Me 04669
US Bells is a working bronze foundry specializing in the production of sand cast wind
and doorbells designed by Richard Fisher. We are located on Rte. 186 just ¼ mile North
of the coastal village of Prospect Harbor. If you visit on a day when we are operating the
foundry, you can watch the casting process. First the bell patterns are carefully molded
in sand and set up for the pour. The crucible is filled with 100 pounds of bronze ingots
and scrap, and the furnace is lighted. When the metal reaches 2200° the crucible is
removed from the furnace and the molds are filled with the molten bronze in a few short
and hot moments. As the metal cools, the molds are broken open to reveal the new
castings. Although we only pour a few times each week, we are always glad to show
visitors the foundry and explain the casting process.
Also located here is a ceramics studio featuring the wood fired pottery of our daughter-in-
law, Liza Fisher, and the woodworking shop run by our son, Timothy Fisher. Recently
we combined our three businesses under the name of Watering Cove Studios, named after
the nearby cove in Prospect Harbor where ships from the nineteenth century used to take
on water and ice for their long voyages at sea. It is a family business specializing in
original designs and fine craftmanship. Featured in our gallery are the fine quilts made
by my wife, Cindy Fisher, and crafts from other Maine artists. You can learn more about
our foundry and craft work online at www.usbells.com and
Prospect Harbor is a true Downeast Maine working harbor and is home to a fleet of
lobster boats as well as the only lobster processing facility in this part of Maine. Three
miles away is the village of Corea, another picturesque lobstering harbor. The Sally
Islands lie just offshore of this harbor forming a beautiful necklace that protects the
harbor from winter storms, and they are well worth the ride from Prospect Harbor.
Schoodic Peninsula and the Schoodic portion of Acadia National Park is just 5 miles
south of Prospect Harbor. A one way loop road ideal for cycling circles the peninsula.
Recently the park added bike trails and the Schoodic Woods campground. Nearby is the
village of Winter Harbor with a variety of downtown shops. There are two ferry services
including the new Frenchman Bay Research Boating ferry. They both will welcome
cyclists with their bikes to Bar Harbor as well as College of the Atlantic on Mt. Desert Island.