In 2014, I want to build things using re-purposed materials. It will nourish the creative side of me and hopefully lead to some very nice gifts. What kinds of things? Things like wind chimes for example. I have always loved the sound of ‘well tuned‘ chimes, especially longer ones with larger tubes. They are peaceful and when properly constructed, will gently resonate with the softest of breezes.
Making ‘tuned‘ chimes that will behave well in the wind requires a lot more thought and planning. What musical scale do you want? How long should each tube be to achieve the notes in that scale? Where exactly is the best place to drill the holes to hang the tubes? What is the best way to hang them? What is the best striker to use? Where should the striker hang to get the best ring out of your tubes? These are but a few of the questions you need to answer to make a great set of chimes.
Where do you find that kind of information?
Enter Lee Hite and his amazing web site “An Engineering Approach to Tubular Bell Wind Chime Design“.
Lee has provided us with a deep well of knowledge on the subject. He answers, in great detail, all of the questions above and many, many more. He provides software to help you calculate the tube length and hang points for any chime you could think of building. He even has 90 pre-calculated chime rod dimensions which are all offered as a PDF file. Here is an example for 1.5″ aluminum tubing with a .083 wall.
Lee provides many detailed examples of how to hang the tubes and where to place the striker. He offers us frequency analysis about different tube materials and a wind chime musical note and loudness test video. And that’s just scratching the surface!
As a publisher, I am very much aware of how much work, passion, perseverance and dedication goes into maintaining a quality website. Lee’s work to provide us with this valuable information is simply, amazing. Lee, thank you. Your efforts make the internet a much better place for all of us.
I have been collecting some nice aluminum and copper tubing and now have enough to make a few sets of chimes. Thanks to Lee Hite, I know they will sound great and look pretty good too!
Chimes – Wikipedia Creative Commons