Midwest Living Review
Making treasures out of trash is the environmentalist mantra at Bowden Bells. Located in a cavernous concrete-block building that once was a farm equipment showroom, this husband-and-wife team showcases salvaged scrap materials transformed into unique garden art--birdbaths, fountains, feeders and, of course, bells--as well as jewelry and gift items. The final products are primarily made from scrap metal and other found materials, such as shovel blades, bottle caps and pebblelike glass retrieved from torn down Amish homes. Despite the necessary abundance of salvaged materials about the place, the property is neat and attractive, with pretty flower beds displaying the bells and other ornaments surrounding the studio/store. Most of the bells retail from $45 to $150, depending on size Jewelry runs in the $25 to $40 range.