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Bell Manufacturing

Bell Manufacturing delivers high-quality steel furniture and home decor that endures trends and time.

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Welder at work joining steel together.

Jim and Judy Bell's father founded a small Minnesota steel shop in 1965, making radiator covers and security gates using age-old blacksmith techniques. Today this brother and sister team carries on the family tradition of superior steel craftsmanship as co-owners of Bell Manufacturing. When we approached the Bells in 1990 with designs for an exclusive line of hand-welded steel furnishings, they welcomed the opportunity to apply their talent to something new.

“The way our pieces are made, they are pretty much indestructible.”
— Judy Bell, Co-owner
(left) Artisan polishes stainless steel.
(right) Applying a smooth, even finish takes skill.

Skilled craftsmen select, drill, form and weld the raw materials. Each welded area is then smoothed to transition elegantly between pieces. Welded pieces are finished in a clear lacquer or powder coat that protects against rusting. "Every step in the process is done by hand," says Judy. "The way our pieces are made, they are pretty much indestructible."

Bell Manufacturing strives to reduce waste and minimize environmental impact throughout the production cycle. The company uses as much recycled content as possible and the Bells donate scrap metal to a local high school shop program.