The founder of Woodstock Chimes, Garry Kvistad, set out in 1979 to create the best sounding wind chime around. With his musical background and experience as an instrument designer, he had great success, and the company has grown greatly over the past quarter century. Today, Woodstock Chimes is one of the largest wind chime makers.
The Inspirational Amazing Grace Chime is a very attractive, if simple, wind chime. Six shiny silver-colored aluminum tubes hang gracefully from a cherry-stained laminated bamboo top. It’s easy to tell why this is one of Woodstock’s most popular chimes. It is elegant and produces lovely sounds. It’s also available in 4 different sizes, so you can choose one that fits your space and sense of style. The smaller chimes produce higher notes.
If you aren’t sure about the Amazing Grace chime, you might check out some of these other Woodstock Chimes wind chimes:
Any of these would be a wonderful addition to a front porch or back patio.
The Urban Trends line from Bellaa makes some very nice home décor items. Some are fun, some are beautiful, some are surprising or quirky, and some are just plain cool.
Our featured rainbow wind chime falls into at least a couple of these categories. Its bright colors would certainly classify it as fun and beautiful. Its soothing tones produce a response as well. While it isn’t expertly tuned as some of our other featured chimes are, it certainly makes a pleasant noise. You also get the satisfaction of purchasing a fair trade product, so this is an all-around good choice for a budget wind chime.
While this wind chime is beautiful, Urban Trends doesn’t specialize in wind chimes. Here are a few of their other products:
If you have a quirky sense of style, this is undoubtedly a brand to explore further.
The founder of Music of the Spheres was a trained musician with a spiritual side. He played with many musical groups, and he also expressed himself through art photography. And, of course, he poured his passion and expertise into Music of the Spheres’ wind chimes. To this day, these are made to be musical instruments with the wind as the musician. Each tuning is made to evoke a different atmosphere.
The pentatonic scale dates from Ancient Greece, and it’s still one of the most popular musical scales. The Pentatonic Mezzo Wind Chime is part of an ensemble collection. You can combine different chimes to create a fuller and more beautiful effect. They are all handcrafted of stainless steel and aluminum, and the tempered aluminum alloy tubing won’t rust.
If you want to purchase multiple wind chimes, or simply want to see your other options, here are a few to look at:
Any of these, or a group of several, would make a nice addition to your outside area.
Cohasset began because of the founders’ existing connections in Bali. The owners work directly with Bali artists and artisans to produce high-quality, hand-crafted wind chimes, along with other lovely home and garden gifts. As is always the case with handcrafted items, the wind chimes display the unique, individual construction and appearance that goes along with being one-of-a-kind.
Of Cohasset’s wind chimes, we think Simple Antique has to be one of the best. As its name suggests, it displays great simplicity. But it also suggests intricate craftsmanship and individuality. This is a large wind chime, so keep your space in mind when ordering. Also, because of the size and construction, it can emit loud sounds when the wind is blowing hard. Most people find the sound pleasant, but it is definitely something to think about before purchasing.
Other handcrafted wind chimes from Cohasset include:
Artisan construction and ecologically responsible materials make these good for your own home or for gifting.
Drawing inspiration from wildlife and the natural world, the folks at Blue Handworks design decorative pieces for home and garden. The designs are done in California, then the final products are handcrafted by village artisans in Bali. The company is dedicated to cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship with its artisans. Because the pieces are handmade, each one is unique, displaying the subtle variations that make individually crafted items so compelling. Products include wall décor, kinetic sculptures, wind chimes, and more.
Our featured wind chime from Blue Handworks is designed to evoke sensations of the seashore. Pieces of glass, weathered and colored to look like real beach glass, dangle from a piece of driftwood. When the wind hits them, they tinkle gently. This would look lovely outside or in, but don’t forget that a small amount of maintenance is needed. You’ll have to periodically apply sealant to keep it looking its best. But it should be well worth it to own a one-of-a-kind piece of décor such as this.
You can also have a look at some of Blue Handworks’ other gorgeous handmade wind chimes:
If you can’t decide, you could always buy one for yourself and another as a gift.
We don’t know about you, but for us, there’s nothing quite as comforting and therapeutic as relaxing in the garden, laid down on your chaise lounge chair, reading a good book with a glass of wine in hand. You might even be lucky enough to have an outdoor pool to take a quick dip in during those hot summer months. Whatever your means of relaxation, it wouldn’t be half as satisfying if you were sitting in an unkempt, untidy garden. It’s the little touches, like flowers growing up the garden trellis, or a beautiful wind chime that can make all the difference.
Wind chimes have been around for centuries, and are not only great additions to your garden, outside deck, or porch; these decorative art pieces are known to attract positive energy and good luck. With so many options available, buying the best wind chimes can be a tricky affair. Depending on the wind chime’s material and your desired sound, slight differences can make a world of a difference. However, our wind chimes buying guide should help you select the best set for your space.
There is a myriad of wind chime options available, but one thing’s for sure – cheap wind chimes aren’t going to sound as good as higher quality chimes, owing mostly to a lack of quality material. Bamboo, metal, and glass are the most popular choices.
There are several other factors that affect the price of wind chimes, including length, but, to give you a rough idea, expect to spend upwards of $25 for a decent set of chimes. For awe-inspiring chimes, an upwards of $100 will purchase optimum components for pleasing sounds.
When shopping for wind chimes, there are several things to look for, including color varieties and materials. Although there are several indoor options available, most people buy wind chimes as garden ornaments or porch accessories. If you’re going this route, look for chimes that can resist inclement weather, such as heavy winds, rain, and snow.
That said, here are a few important features to look for in the best wind chimes:
Choosing the proper materials for your chimes is the best way to ensure they last for years. Metal wind chimes crafted from aluminum or stainless steel are both weatherproof and rust-resistant, offering the strongest durability.
While bamboo wind chimes aren’t as durable as their metal counterparts, they do play beautiful, soothing melodies. However, these chimes are better suited to indoor environments because their lightweight design leaves them victim to deterioration when exposed to the sun and rain.
If you’re looking for unique and decorative wind chimes, glass is another great option. They are available in a wide assortment of designs and shapes, and play intricate harmonies when outfitted with a lot of tubes. In terms of wind chime design, tubular wind chimes top the list for offering great looks and superior sound quality.
Metal wind chimes can be tuned to play well known songs, while bamboo chimes lack this trait. High quality wind chimes are designed to start chiming at 6 to 10 mph wind speed, but this can vary depending on the quality of the components.
For best performance, it is important to hang the wind chimes in the right position. Hang them directly with the integrated O ring or loop at the top of the chime, without adding any extra chain or string. Although you can hang your chimes facing any direction, it is best to secure them where the wind can reach the tubes easily. You can experiment with different heights, but as a quick tip – wind velocity tends to get stronger with higher elevation.