Woodstock Chimes Company History

Early 1970s


In the early 70s, Garry Kvistad began what would become Woodstock Chimes in -- of all places -- an Illinois landfill. Using the tubes from the discarded lawn chairs, Garry crafted a metallophone, a xylophone-like instrument made with metal instead of wood.

Spring 1979

Cincinnati Craft Fair

Diane agrees to let Garry exhibit his new windchime design in her sculpture booth at the Cincinnati Craft Fair. The first Chimes of Olympos was sold this day.

Spring 1979

Woodstock's first factory

Woodstock's first factory was this barn in West Hurley, New York. A younger Garry is just as at home with a hammer as he is with a tuning fork or a drumstick.

1980 & '81

The Today Show

Garry, pictured here with NBC's Nancy Foreman in '80, catches a big break when he is asked by Gene Shalit to Appear on The Today Show. He had caught his first big break a year earlier when interviewed by Susan Stamberg on NPR's All Things Considered and hundreds of listeners responded.

Summer 1984

Garry and Vice President Stacey Bowers

Garry and Vice President Stacey Bowers staff Woodstock's booth at the New York International Gift Show at the Pier in Manhattan. It is the inaugural year for Accent On Design at the NYIGF show.

Spring 1987

The Wall Street Journal

Garry makes the pages of the Wall Street Journal with his first major commission, a giant chime for the County Courthouse in Montgomery, Alabama.

October 90

Garry on stage with NEXUS

Garry is pictured on stage with the ensemble, NEXUS, and the late Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Takemitsu was commissioned to compose a concerto for NEXUS and the Boston Symphony Orchestra as part of Carnegie Hall's centennial celebration.

Spring 1998

West Hurley factory

The employees of Woodstock Percussion pose outside the company's West Hurley factory. Woodstock Chimes were made in this building from 1985 until 1999, when Woodstock relocated to nearby Shokan, New York.

June 20, 2003

Best value and best overall

The Wall Street Journal rates Woodstock's Chimes of Bach™ the best value and best overall in a review of five different chime makers. The Journal's independent music expert chose this chime for its sweet and gentle sound.

Summer 2003

St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota

When the president of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota decided to build a memorial to former students, he thought of Woodstock Chimes. This massive collection of Woodstock Windsinger Chimes are tuned to notes from the hymn Beautiful Savior, the St. Olaf Choir's signature song.

December 5, 2003

Garry appears with Nexus

Garry appears with NEXUS as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the new Walt Disney Concert Hall. Shown here is one of the two custom sets of Woodstock Chimes used in Takemitsu's From me flows what you call Time.

December 20, 2003

The Paul Winter Consort

The Paul Winter Consort (Paul, far right) at the 24th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC. Behind them is Paul's revolving Solstice Tree, made up of assorted bells, gongs and dozens of Woodstock Chimes.

Early 2000s

Super-sized Woodstock Chime

This super-sized Woodstock Chime is tuned to the same scale as the Chimes of Bali. The 18-foot-tall sculptural stand, created by Swiss designer Bernhard Anliker, was installed on the shore of Goose Pond in front of the current Woodstock headquarters location.


Olivewoods location.

Woodstock Percussion's current home, Olivewoods, nestled in New York's Catskill Mountains, with its signature Giant Woodstock Chime in front.