BikeMaine 2016 Route Highlight: US Bells (Watering Cove Studios), Prospect Harbor



 

 

P.O. Box 73
Prospect Harbor, Me 04669
207-963-7184

Small Ship's Bell Our new sign WCS Dan and Maggi pouring

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

www.wateringcovestudios.com.

 

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.

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