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Fire Station Bell Tower-Oshkosh Public Museum Project

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The Subject: a bronze fire bell reclaimed in the 1960s from the combination Oshkosh City Hall and Fire Station was donated to the Oshkosh Public Museum

The Idea: Display the bell prominently for the public to appreciate and enjoy

With parallel missions to preserve history and heritage, Crescent Moon was brought into the Oshkosh Public Museum's build project to collaborate with hands-on design service, consultation, salvaged material and material installation tutorial.

For this project, we used Doug Fir beams salvaged from the Waite Grass Carpet Co (see our PROJECTS section for the fascinating history and preservation of the Waite Grass Carpet Co). Doug fir is often sought after for it's outdoor, exposed to the elements, durability. The bell tower is supported by massive 13" x 13" reclaimed doug fir for uprights, 5" x 8" reclaimed doug fir for rafters and 5" x 12" doug fir for stringers.

Can you IMAGINE the size of the tree it would take to fell for a massive, center cut 13" x 13" beam, then x 100s to build a factory? THEN can you imagine a 105 years later, these painted, dirty, gritty, just brutally ugly beams being salvaged, cleaned and used in numerous projects to preserve and continue our history and heritage? It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

Doug fir beams are available for your project! See our PRODUCTS for timbers and beams.