108 East Main Street
P.O. Box 425
Casey, IL 62420
|World's Largest Wind Chime|
|World's Largest Golf Tee|
|World's Largest Knitting Needles & Crochet Hook|
|With chimes suspended 49' above the ground, the BEI wind chime stands 55'3" tall and is a sight to behold! The longest of five chimes is 42' long - nearly double that of the previous world record holder. The chimes sing gentle and deep as they strike the clapper, long gleaming lengths of silver paying tribute to BEI's expertise in the pipeline industry. Towering over the heart of Casey's downtown is the cross that stands atop the chimes - let it guide you to our unique and creative community!|
Casey, Illinois may be known as the small town with a big heart, but now it officially has a BIG landmark to show off. Jim Bolin, co-owner of Bolin Enterprises, Inc. and creator of the wind chime, announced Friday, June 22, 2012 at 7 p.m. that the wind chime has officially been named to the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Wind Chime.
The wind chime, located at 109 East Main Street measures over 55 feet from the ground to the top, 16 feet taller than the previous record holder, and is constructed with five metal tubes which are suspended 49 feet from the ground. The total structure, including the chimes, weighs 16,932.4 pounds.
The dream to build the World’s Largest Wind Chime was inspired by Jim Bolin’s childhood memories of him listening to wind chimes at his Grandma Whitling’s home. Combining his passion for wind chimes and his knowledge of the pipeline maintenance industry, Jim dedicated almost two years of his life to the design, planning and fabrication of the wind chime. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of several Bolin family members and friends, the wind chime was assembled and officially measured on December 15th.
"We were just trying to think of something that would energize the community and maybe bring some traffic through Casey," said Bolin. And the Casey residents say they couldn't be more proud of what the Bolin family has done.
The official Guinness World Record wind chime details can be found at the Official Guinness World Records website. Visitors are encouraged to sign the chime's guest book, located on the porch next door at the Whitling Whimsy restaurant, and to take a photo next to the wind chime to add to the wind chime’s Facebook fan page.
- Photographs & Text courtesy of Bolin Enterprises, Inc.
On January 29, 2013 all media and local residents were invited to witness the official measuring of the golf tee, in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Golf Tee.
Casey, Illinois is officially home to another Guinness Book of World Records landmark, the World’s Largest Golf Tee!
Jim Bolin, Vice-President of Bolin Enterprises, Inc. and creator of the World’s Largest Wind Chime and Mike Bohannon, Bolin Enterprises, Inc. Operations Manager and President of the Casey Country Club, collaborated last year on the idea. They viewed the golf tee as a way to help increase tourism, offer a unique attraction to the golf course, as well as to increase play and events at the Casey Country Club. The official measuring ceremony took place on January 29, 2013.
The World’s Largest Golf Tee, was placed at the Casey Country Club located at 203 NE 13th St. on May 31, 2013. The golf tee measures more than 30 feet from the ground to the top, with a head diameter of 6.26 feet and a shaft diameter of 2.1 feet, and is constructed with yellow pine boards held together by 60 gallons of glue and 120 pounds of screws. The total structure weighs 6,659 pounds.
Future 2014 plans for the golf tee including adding an 18 foot diameter golf ball on the top of the tee, and allowing golfers to actually tee off from inside of it!
"There are so many great places and unique attractions to explore while traveling," said Bolin. “Sometimes, those places are in small town America. I want to help Casey become one of those towns,” Bolin explained.
The official Guinness World Record golf tee details can be found here. Visitors are encouraged to sign the guest book that will be located in the Pro Shop and to take a photo next to the golf tee. We invite you to Like the Facebook fan pages at www.facebook.com/largestgolftee and www.facebook.com/CaseyCountryClub.
- Photographs & Text courtesy of Bolin Enterprises, Inc.
On Monday, May 20, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. CST, media representatives, the public and yarn enthusiasts witnessed the official measuring of the knitting needles and crochet hook. In addition to breaking the current measurement records for the Guinness Book of World Records, representatives of The Yarn Studio were also required to knit and crochet a 10 x 10 tension square (gauge swatch) with each crafting tool.
Jim Bolin, Vice President of Bolin Enterprises, Inc. and creator of the World’s Largest Wind Chime and World’s Largest Golf Tee, has crafted another pair of record breaking masterpieces with the World’s Largest Crochet Hook and the World’s Largest Knitting Needles.
Following a review of materials compiled by a team from Bolin Enterprises and The Yarn Studio, Guinness World Records confirmed that at 13 ft. 0.75 in. long and 3.25 in. in diameter each, the perfectly scaled white pine knitting needles crafted by Bolin had broken the previous world record held by Ingrid Wagner of the UK of 11 ft. 5.8 in. long and 3.15 in. in diameter.
There was no existing record holder for world’s largest crochet hook; Guinness World Records confirmed the Bolin crochet hook as the first world’s largest at 6 ft. 1.5 in. long and 3 in. in diameter.
The crafting of these beautiful and unique items was far from the only requirement to meet Guinness World Records’ qualifications. Bolin made the record breaking knitting needles and crochet hook as a gift for downtown entrepreneur and business owner Jeanette Huisinga. The Yarn Studio, owned by Husinga, showcases the giant crafting tools and also a myriad of workable needles and hooks, as well as beautiful yarns and fibers.
In order to break and set the World Records, Huisinga had to knit and crochet a tension square – 10 stitches by 10 rows – with the needles and hook. Using thick, locally sourced roving (unspun wool) from Timber’s Edge Farm, Huisinga spent nearly two hours crocheting and then knitting exceptional pieces of fiber art in front of a crowd of media representatives, public, yarn enthusiasts and hundreds of elementary students who had gathered to witness the Guinness project and cheer her on at Monroe Elementary in Casey.
Following the knit and crochet events, event organizer Diane Bolin thanked the onlookers and students for their participation, and Huisinga reminded them they are never too young to knit and crochet and never too old to dream.
The World’s Largest Knitting Needles and World’s Largest Crochet Hook can be enjoyed at The Yarn Studio at 2 East Main Street in Casey, Illinois 62420. Visit The Yarn Studio on Facebook and online at the-yarn-studio.com.
- Photographs courtesy of The Yarn Studio