lucky13 wrote:Father: A skilled woodworker might be able to construct a wheel of hardwood (oak or ash) since the old wheel hub is still present. A tolling hammer should not be too difficult for a machine shop to design. Hopefully, it won't get used often!
If we had a tolling hammer, I'd use it twice a day for the Angelus, which consists of three sets of three tolls, followed by a swinging peal. Traditionally it is sounded at 6 AM, 12 PM, and 6 PM, but we omit the morning call because there is a hotel across the street. Right now, I ring the Angelus as they do in southern Germany and Austria: three short peals interspersed with a few seconds of silence. Concerning the wheel, wouldn't a metal wheel be more durable? I'd hate to break a wooden wheel because someone tried to stop the bell by holding the rope.