For a peaceful sound effect in the garden, wind chimes are right up their with running water. You will find of that the wind chimes available for sale online, many are actually finely tuned to provide a meditational sound. These sounds differ greatly, from soft bamboo sounds to those of temple bells. As for prices, anything from $20 up to $200, depending on the quality the tuning and the material.
Outdoor wind chimes are a really great addition to any garden. On a deck or indeed any area where a breeze can be present a set of wind chimes make a wonderful addition and provide a sense of peace and tranquility. In the practice of Feng Shui they are said to have a harmonizing influence.
We have an elderly neighbour who has wind chimes hanging low, near the back door, you can not but help to knock them as you walk by. Its an early warning system or if you like a ‘door bell’ for him.
A little history
Originating in China and Japan where they were used outside temples to warn away evil spirits they are now widely used in gardens around the world, both for the sound and the ornamental value.
In early times they were used in fields throughout Asia to scare birds away from crops, but it was really the Chinese who developed the modern types by casting bells that were used in temples and religious events.
Also used in feng shui to promote luck, orientation of the chimes is important in this usage. Koshi and Shanti chimes are said to have melodies theatre help with healing.
Koshi are made from a bamboo and are tuned to five different keys. They can be played like a musical instrument.
Wind Chime Styles
In Japan many types of chimes are used, usually with a single tone and they are referred to as ‘Furin’, they include,
- ‘Iwate’ are the southern iron style, made in the Iwate prefecture.
- ‘Aizu Kitakata’ are a glass variety made in the Aizu prefecture.
- ‘Edo Furin’ are another glass type, always made of hand blown glass.
- ‘Aichi Seto’ are made from ceramic materials.
- Bamboo types are also widely used.
In both China and Japan they are found hanging from the eaves and attics in modern cities help create a feeling that you are listening to the sounds of thousands of years of history and civilization.
‘Kaldorei Wind Chimes’ are a different thing altogether, they are from the game World of Warcraft.
Wind chimes are available for sale online from the following suppliers
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