This goes back to last summer.
Christian Lenz owns and runs a specialist plant nursery in Niederheimbach (AHSAAJ from Mainz) overlooking the Rhine.
He specialises in landscaping, so he’s rarely open, but he does have an open day on 1 May plus special events.
This was a special event.
He reckoned that he needed a bell tower in his nursery, so he built that.
But what’s a bell tower without a bell?
So he engaged a bell-founder from a local monastery who duly turned up with his team, set up the form, heated the bell metal to the required 870ºC and poured it into the mould.
Local church choir sang, all of the bells of any church within earshot pealed and a good time was had by all.
Best to stand back, though.
(I learned that when I used to work in the confines of the shot tower at the CAC in Auckland, pouring molten lead to make shotgun pellets)