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Buy Wind Chimes - Outdoor Windchimes

Updated on September 28, 2010

Wind Chimes

Wind chimes are commonly found hanging outside of a home or building where the wind will catch the vertical tubes or rods in such as way that a pleasant music is made as they clatter and clank together.

There are many different types of wind chimes, which can be made with different types of rods such as silver, bronze, and aluminum, as well as different types of tubing such as bamboo, shell, stone, and porcelin. You will also notice that you will find wind chimes with a varying number of vertical tubes, typically ranging from four to ten.

The more common types of wind chimes typically include silver, bronze, and bamboo, although you can find other materials to your liking.

Wind chimes are a great addition to any outdoor porch or patio where you will be able to enjoy the lovely sounds that the wind makes through the rods or tubes. You will notice that when blended with the sounds of nature- chirping birds, chattering squirrels, rustling leaves, and buzzing insects- that your windchimes will easily put you at ease.

History of Wind Chimes

Wind chimes or bells are actually pretty old in history, as there is evidence that they were used in Egypt and other areas around the Mediterranean in the 2000 B.C. era, and even in Southeast Asia in the 3000 B.C. era.  

Looking at Chinese wind chimes, in circa 1100 B.C., you will see that they were commonly used outside the Buddhist temples. These wind chimes were generally made of bamboo and were put into rice paddies to charm the spirits.

Over time, we begin to see non-religious sections using wind chimes all throughout the world, as archeologists have found wind chime- type items around various sites. Although, because they were generally made of wood, bamboo, or other natural materials, there have been little trace of a full ancient wind chime as they would rot and decay, leaving little to no traces left.

And, because metals were scarce, wind chimes were not on the top priority list to using what metals were available, as swords and knives were much more useful and needed. But, once the sword or knife became worn out, the metal was commonly used as a windchime decor.

By the nineteenth century wind bells and chimes had become popular in the Western world. Precisely tuned wind chimes have become a high technology art form. They can be cut and tuned to ancient and modern musical scales. We just love their tranquil, musical sounds, and if you carefully follow these instructions, you will have the satisfaction of making windchimes that sound at least as good as the store-bought ones, and probably better.

Buying a Wind Chime

Wind chimes are actually an older instrument that uses the wind as a source of power to make sounds. You can actually make your own wind chime or your can purchase a wind chime from an online seller or your local department store.

When choosing a whind chime, you want to consider the material and overall design of the windchime, so that you can not only have an appealing music sway through the air as you sit and relax outside, but you can have a windchime that matches your outdoor decor.

As mentioned above, you can find wind chimes with varying types of metals or other materials such as bamboo and shell. Each material will have a different look and sound as the wind blows through the vertical tubes or rods.

You can easily sway the verticla tubes while you are looking at the different wind chimes, so that you can get an idea of what it will sound like under the power of the wind, but it will never sound exactly the same.

Choose a windchime that you will find peace with while having your morning coffee or reading your afternoon paper.

Just food for thought, but you may want to check out the Woodstock Percussion wind chimes, as many people find that they are the best sounding and looking wind chimes that you will find.

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    • Hope Wilbanks profile image

      Hope Wilbanks 

      9 years ago from Louisiana

      Great hub! I love windchimes, too. I have two hanging on the front porch--one brass, one bamboo. The brass is my favorite. :)

    • anjalichugh profile image

      anjalichugh 

      9 years ago from New York

      I love the sound of wind chimes. Somehow it reminds me of a little girl inside me, a girl who still loves to be playful and chirpy. Thx

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