Koons outsourced a metallurgist, Andrew Lins, of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to analyze the bell's many metal parts. The yoke has an internal metal structure that could only be discerned only through historical drawings. Tim Miller, a wrought-iron blacksmith, was hired to fabricate those parts, plus the metal armature on the inside of the bell and the clapper, some 100 pieces. These are about half of the sculpture's 257 attendant parts, from the bronze bell to small plugs in the yoke.
Brother and sister Timothy and Rachel Miller bring different strengths to Spirit Ironworks, the company owns together.
Spirit Ironworks was recently featured in a Long Island Pulse Magazine article titled; Long Island Artisans Redefining Bespoke Buying, by Max Fischer.
The blacksmiths at Spirit Ironworks in Bayport have been busy at the forge and their latest piece is now on display at Patchogue's busiest walkway.
Spirit Ironworks, Inc. was featured in a New York Newsday article titled: Blacksmiths, coopers and other old-school trades masters thrive on L.I. by Steven Levine.
There was a special dedication in Bellport Village on 11/2016 for Captain Bell's Dream, a monument created by Bellport natives Rachel and Tim Miller