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Exemplary representatives of every chime species
My family has always loved whirlygigs, windsocks, spinners, string lights, tiki torches, alma mater flags, and, in particular, exemplary representatives of every chime species one might naturally select for a yard-art zoo. Our two daughters were raised with so much background bell-tinkling and chime- ringing that the combined effect became sort of a childhood Muzak. In our now- adult girls’ earliest days we began a tradition of buying a dated Christmas ornament on each of our vacations to help us recall that year’s fun; shortly afterward we added a 2nd tradition of buying vacation chimes for year-round enjoyment on the patio. After all those chime acquisitions I figured I was well acquainted with just about every chime note imaginable.
Then in 2017 I came across Woodstock’s precision-tuned windpipes and quickly realized that my knowledge of how chimes could and should sound had been sorely lacking. Since then I’ve bought nothing but Woodstockstuff – 17 different models, in fact. I’ve given some away so the 10 that are pictured on my apartment patio now represent the (current) pinnacle of my lifelong chime-collecting: a Chime Symphony of 72 separate ‘tubular bells’.
Between my smallest 24” Tibetan Prayer and my largest 71” 1812 (Overture) are a 27” Chimes of Pluto, 37” Chimes of Earth, 39” Magical Mystery Taj Mahal, 40” Chimes of the Eclipse, 40” Amazing Grace, 44” Bells of Paradise, 54” Chimes of Neptune, and a 55” Magical Mystery Space Odyssey. The octave-doubled harmonic tones of the Space Odyssey & Taj Mahal are simply fantastic; I had no idea chimes could do such a thing.
Like me, I’m sure my fellow Boomers find it hard to believe that Woodstock ‘69 is 50 years behind us. We can believe this, though: Woodstock ’19-‘20 is still making some righteous groovy music. Real far out.
You dig? Right on.
P.S., Grapevine, TX.
Lucas' chimes collection
Hello Friends at Woodstock Chimes.
My son Lucas, diagnosed with Autism is a Woodstock Chimes enthusiast. He watches all the YouTube videos and knows how to recite each one! For his Christmas wish list, he has Corinthian Bells, Chimes of Pluto, and a few others written out on his Christmas wish list box. Lucas currently owns Amazing Grace, Chakra Chimes, Chimes of Pluto, and Calipso Island. The other day, he had asked me for all the Woodstock Chimes, the entire factory, for Christmas wish list; I lovingly explained to him that that request cannot be made possible, as we need to share the chimes with other friends and people around the world!...
Thank you so much for an awesome product!
A.I., Coral Springs, FL.
Beautiful sounds in Hawaii
I have found to Woodstock when chimes for over 32 years I live in Hawaii and they are both still very well strung the wood is the only thing that shows wear. Thank you for 32 years of making my garden and my home and my flowers are beautiful sounds.
S.H., Haiku, HI.
Congrats on success.
My first chime was in the early 1980's. Worked for Garry at the very beginning of Woodstock Chimes. Could not find a better person. Congrats on success.
C.K., Leesburg, FL
Idaho wind chimes.
K.G., Hailey, ID.
1 garden angel for each member of our family.
J.F., Mojave, CA.
In 2012, I found my dream home in the Shenandoah Valley. Amid the tree frogs and the black bears and the rolling hills, I left the city behind. Five years later, dear friends gave me a set of Windsinger Chimes of Apollo. My dream home was all the more special. The sustained, soothing tones never fail to make my day.
B.L., Alexandria, VA.
We have an arched, wrought-iron entry way to our southwest style home. A few years ago, for Yuletide, I ordered many sets of the small silver chimes with crystal star wind-catchers, and hung them across the arch of the entry. They are so beautiful, I decided to leave them up year round. They catch and refract natural light during the day, as well as auto-lights at night. Plus we can always tell when the entrance has been opened because the chimes announce a visitor or a package delivery. These are our lovely little desert stars that now sing year round.
D.W., Mesa, AZ.
"growth, personal power and courage"
I love my Spirit Bell and what it represents; "growth, personal power and courage". I have it hanging on my front door as it also offers "protection and evokes good spirits". Whenever I use my door, I hear it ring and am reminded of it's meaning.
M.O., Minneapolis, MN
twenty-six-plus years later
I received my awesome Woodstock Chimes as a gift in 1992, for helping a friend and his father clean their property of extensive tree debris from Hurricane Andrew.
Even twenty-six-plus years later (and even after replacing the top with Starboard plastic), the soothing sound we enjoy every day from our Woodstock Chimes is like the very first time we heard their beautiful melody!
They are a gift I sincerely treasure, for their exceptional sound as well as for the people who so graciously gave them to me.
M.E., Coral Gables, FL.
My Heroic Bell has survived
I purchased a Heroic Bell in 1995 at the New York Botanical Garden. Several years later it broke during a windstorm. You promptly replaced the bell at no charge.
This bell has survived several moves up and down the East Coast and is now hanging majestically in our new home surrounded by trees and mountains. It's such a calming presence to hear throughout the day and night. Thank you for a great product!
S.DF., Nazareth, PA
A sound bath is a relaxation technique and meditative experience whereby participants 'bathe' in the sound waves produced by instruments such as chimes, gongs, drums and singing bowls. As a sound healer and musician who conducts group and private sound baths, I love using Woodstock Chimes for their beautiful tones and combination of notes. Sound therapy is a great way for people of any age to obtain deep, meditative relaxation. Many of my sound healing clients suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD or have a terminal illness or debilitating disease. Tones that resonate positively affect the mind, body, and spirit and are very healing. That is why I am currently working toward collecting several different Woodstock chimes to play simultaneously during one of my sound baths. My clients love the sound of these chimes and always ask for more!
J.P., Whittier, CA
Still sounds Awesome
Just entered the [2019 Show Us Your Chimes] contest and wanted to add: although it has become discolored, this windchime has been hanging outdoors since May 2011. Has never needed restringing and still sounds awesome when the wind blows.
C.C., Athens, TX
The Yoga Pavillion
This is the yoga pavillion my husband built for me over the past 5 years (it kept changing) and those are my windsingers outside my door. I was diagnosed with a rare cancer last year and during treatment this was my sanctuary.
V.C., Petersburg, NY.
The Prairie Jasper
This is my smallest chime. I have it hanging from my ceiling fan, it chimes while the fan is moving and when breezes come through my many windows. I love how it sounds and looks in my 1920's bungalow. The Prairie Jasper stone is both very meaningful and beautiful. This stone changes it's look depending on the changing light in the room. I am sending two photos from different directions showing the color diversity in this stone.
M.O., Minneapolis, MN.
A Family Tree
I recently was united with my biological father's family. It was a great reunion. My friend gave me the Tree of Life windchime to celebrate this happy occasion. I have since given one to my new sister.
M.M., Haslet, TX.
Hang so beautifully together
"Home tweet home" and "Thatched Roof" hang so beautifully together and sound amazing! The birds love them also and have already built a nest in the thatched roof home! We love looking out our window to see and hear these beautiful Woodstock Chimes!
L.M., Cleveland, GA.
OUR BEST FRIEND
Our best friend Toby has been battling with cancer for years. At Thanksgiving he came to our house and rebuilt our deck. He passed away in March and our neighbor/friends thought of us and bought us the Amazing Grace Chime to hang on the deck. We will now sit outside daily just to have our conversation with Toby and he lets us know that he is there. Our chime is helping us heal and to be peaceful about his passing.
H.M., LaGrange, KY
Before This Shop
I had been searching for a good place to purchase windchimes for way too long before I found this shop. I am very picky - I don't like what most people sell - they're either really cheaply made or they sound bad or both.
when I first started my quest, I became blue in the face with "amazing grace" windchimes, as that seems to be the ONLY kind people sell these days.
I wanted something unique- and preferably, something that wasn't tuned to a really annoying song. I had a windchime once, that i'd bought at a garden center, the chime was in a box & I couldnt test it out bc there were no displays of it. Well, I put it up & it sounded like it was singing, Figaro. I would have murdered it, eventually, had it not murdered itself with the poor-quality design that fell to pieces within the first month.
I gave up trying to find what I wanted locally - because they never had what I wanted.
That's when I found this shop - and I started looking.... I was like WOW... they really have a wind chime for every type of person on the planet. I mean I was amazed at how many diff. sounds they had.
I really liked the sound room - it made it easy for me to know what it sounded like before I bought it - a feature both that was lacking elsewhere, and something I direly needed to make my choice.
I ended up going with two that were derived from ancient scales. I couldn't get over how much the one sounded like notes out of an orchestra, and the other sounded like the notes that come out of a penny-whistle. While many caught my attention, I just fell in love with these.
One has already been hung up on the porch - the other one I'm waiting or in the mail.
I can say for sure hands down - BEST place I've ever bought chimes from, and I'd definitely buy here again.
T.W., Glade Valley, NC
Love the Sound
I bought one chime years ago love love the sound it is called Earth. Recently moved built a porch and bought a second along with some sun catchers
S.C., Kenner, LA
Happy New Year 2019
Yes HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 and enjoying our Family CHRISTmas Gift HIS AMAZING GRACE JOY HOPE PEACE LOVE .. ts GEORGIA a wonderful ring each day.
National Song of the Choctaw Nation
I purchased the “Amazing Grace” wind chime as a gift for a Friend, a Choctaw storyteller. ‘Amazing Grace’ is the National Song of the Choctaw Nation. So as soon as I saw it was available on your site, I knew where it was going. Thank you for the opportunity to honor a fantastic storyteller & Human Being
F.C., Canyon Lake, TX
My wife died on 9/28/15 from Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. A good friend of mine gave me your "Crystal Guardian Angel Suncatcher-Amethyst". I hung it from my Rear View Car Mirror and it brings back such good memories my wife & I shared for almost 50 years.
I belong to a Pancreatic Cancer Networking Group. so for Christmas, I bought enough for each member...as well as my Family members.
J.P., Fox River Grove, IL
A Great "Farmwarming" Gift
Witts Ends Holler is what we called it (our farm) cuz we was at our witts ends when we found it! After over a year of travelling with horses and dogs, we found the farm of our dreams. Complete with wildlife aplenty, dragonflies reigned in the pasture and not one mosquito flew. Roadrunners, armadillo, bear, deer, elk, coons, snakes oh my. We moved a farm from a farm, down at the mouth of the holler. Even our beehives brought life and buzz to this mountain retreat with a view. From upstate NY to Arkansas, my Woodstock chimes have followed. This chime was a "farm" warming gift from my mom in Red Hook, NY. The lull of the Ozarks resonates deep as did my Catskills, back in the day. We drink from the well of gratitude and enjoy the gong on the breeze from within...
R.B., Huntington, AR
Lullaby of Birdland
Lullaby of Birdland
This photo entitled Lullaby of Birdland was taken to enter in your ‘Show Us Your Chimes' contest because I was so amused to learn that my neighbor's chickens enjoy your chimes as much as I do! (Also my significant other is entering a photo and I wanted to get in on the fun). :)
Our next-door neighbor loves piano music and is always commenting on how much she enjoys hearing the beautiful sound of our Woodstock chime coming from our garden. We came upon this unusual piano chime in a shop and bought it for her as a gift. It was perfect because it was a cute little sculpture of piano keys, and it plays the notes in Beethoven's famous piano tune, Für Elise. We knew she would love it and were waiting for a special occasion to give it to her.
Earlier this summer she and her husband got six chickens to raise for fun and fresh eggs. "The Ladies" as they call them, live in an adorable little coup on the edge of our yard so we have enjoyed them and their frequent visits. Chickens are fun, but not always the smartest of birds. Often while wandering about they lose track of where they live and are busted off wandering somewhere in the neighborhood with absolutely no regard for their curfew. Life is just one big hen party for these girls. There have been many a night when we were off on a goose (er, a chicken) chaise with flashlights hunting for the ditsy dames.
Finally, our neighbor's birthday came around and we gave her the Für Elise Piano Chime. She LOVED it and promptly hung the chime out on her deck overlooking the chicken coup. One day, as a prank, I got the brilliant idea to move the chime and hung it in the chicken coup. Amused by my sneaky move, I watched the birds to see their reaction. I was surprised to watch them stop clucking (which rarely happens with women, er, I mean chickens) when the wind blew and the chime played. It was almost as if they stopped to listen. As with most females, it didn't seem to hold their attention for long, but the ladies did seem to enjoy the chimes contribution to their hen house. My neighbor couldn't stop laughing when she saw where her chime had gone. She decided to leave it there where both she and her girls could enjoy it. The chickens got so used to having the sound in their coup that they now associated the song of the chime with home. Now when they wander off my neighbor just wiggles the chime until the ladies waddle home - it seems the sound is even more effective than breadcrumbs to lead the way. It never ceases to amaze me how enjoyable the sounds from Woodstock chimes are, and how they are loved by man and bird alike, hence the title Lullaby of Birdland. …It wouldn't surprise me to see the ladies form a line and do "The Chicken Dance" to the chimes well-know tune!
G.T., Newport, MN
Amazing Grace Hummingbirds
Imagine our surprise and delight when a hummingbird built a nest on top of our Amazing Grace chimes! It was a pleasure to watch the babies hatch, grow and leave the nest, all to the gentle sounds of the chimes in the breeze.
E.R., Carlsbad, CA
This photo entitled Heavenly Music was taken to enter in your ‘Show Us Your Chimes' contest. The rainbow is NOT Photoshopped, but a happy accident we came upon while trying to visually capture my Habitats Rainfall chime's bewitching sound. We enjoy it's magical music while we are in the garden or floating in the pool. I was watering my flowers in preparation for the shot, wanting to include an element of water to relate to the rainfall name and sound of the chimes. It was serendipitous that the sun shone on my enchanting chime at the exact right moment creating this beautiful rainbow. It was kismet that my chime was ‘ready for it's close up' and the sun smiled on our efforts simultaneously, enabling us to capture its musical soul in this colorful photo. I hope the feeling this image evokes will motivate you to get your own Habitats Rainfall chime, I adore mine and it holds me spellbound every day with its twinkling melody.
M.K., Newport, MN
I want all of you to meet Ben
Ben just turned seven years old last week. In lieu of bringing him a toy to his party, I decided to give Ben the Autism Chime from Woodstock.
The joy on Ben's face as he opened my gift was priceless! Ben has autism and in case you aren't aware, many autistic children just love music. What took me by complete surprise however was how enthusiastic other parents and grandparents at the party responded to my gift to Ben, all asking where they could purchase one of their own!
M.G., Rochester, NY
My adult son and his wife gave me the temple bell wind chime last month for my birthday. It was nearly 6 mo. to the day they had lost their first baby and my first grandchild. They suggested it was to remind my of him when it chimes so beautifully. And it does. It is such a tender sound and sentiment. I love it.
S.E., Temperance, MI
A Beautiful Reminder
I purchased this Pachelbel Canon Chime, and the Crystal Fantasy Hummingbird Suncatcher (attached to it) in memory of my daughter. She loved the Pachelbel Canon, and hummingbirds. It hangs in front of her photo, which the plant has somewhat covered over. It is a constant beautiful reminder of her. Thank you.
B.L., Sacramento, CA
My Guardian Angels
My Dad passed away at the wonderful age of 100 in January. He inspired me each and every day with his positive attitude and love of life. Each morning when I am at my kitchen window and see my four "Guardian Angels" - My Dad, My Mom, My Sister and Myself I am reminded how truly blessed I am.
J.F., Aurora, IL
My Personal Peaceful Space
My favorite place in the house is outside on the porch... rocking in a chair, listening to my Bells of Paradise sway in the breeze, watching the sunset over the mountains, the hummingbirds feeding off the flowers or feeder.
L.I., Townshend, VT
It's taken years to collect the entire Gregorian series of Woodstock chimes. My husband and I bought one with wedding money and slowly purchased them until we had them all, from the little Gregorian to the Baritone. Now the Spring and Summer breezes sing when the wind blows through the tree where we've hung the collection. Thankful!
K.T., Eagle, ID