My newest bell I call the San Carlos Mission Bell. We combined the rustic grape vine finish on this bell with design elements from our San Xavier Mission to come up with a new offering to honor the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo in Carmel Valley. First built in 1797, this mission was near what is now Monterey, California.
However the origin of Vulcan is not on some distant planet, but instead, Vulcan was a Roman god here on Earth, who was also known to the ancient Greeks as Hephaestus. Vulcan was the ancient god of fire and the forge, and the mythical inventor of smithing and metal working. He was the ultimate craftsman who forged metals into tools in the fires of Italy's Mount Etna and revered as the patron of blacksmiths around the world.
Have you ever noticed that almost all windchimes look alike? They usually consist of a bunch of dangling pipes, a wooden header and striker, and a wind sail… all tied together with twine. Of course there is a practical reason for it… this basic design allows them to be cheaply mass-produced without much thought beyond the profit margins. An online search for wind chimes results in a list of companies that promote things like "best prices", "don't overpay", "best customer service"…. basically selling everything but any inspiring qualities their chimes may have.
In the Lago Luna Studio our focus is different. We decided at the outset that all of our wind bells and chimes would possess an exceptional sense of aesthetic design. We call this our Feng Shui of windchimes.