I’ve been thinking about making a set of wind chimes for quite some time. It was one of the projects for which I was considering using the bamboo that eventually became my shishi-odoshi.
My main criterion for a set of wind chimes was that it not be annoying. I have encountered many that are too high-pitched, atonal, or just produce a clacking racket. What I do enjoy listening to in a gentle breeze are low, dulcet tones.
Soon after I began researching wind chime design, I came across An Engineering Approach to Wind Chime Design, by Lee Hite. No other research was needed on mypart: Lee has done it all in one comprehensive web site. It’s a really easy weekend project, so if you decide to make a set, spend a little time learning how to make them sound pleasant.
I made mine using scrap wood and inexpensive 1″ electrical conduit. It has five deep tones that sound harmonious.