If you're looking to support Australian made products, please be aware most chimes in Australia are imported. For example, even some the well known American brands have many of their chimes mass produced in China.
A native Australian hardwood, solar kiln dried, durable, colour pink to dark red, and used for the top component. The hardwood tops are carefully cut into hexagons or pentagons, then the edges are rounded and sanded smooth.
Light colour and easily worked, ideal for the striker component of chimes. The strikers are turned with extra fine detail and also conceal the knot.
Due to its invasive nature replacing native vegetation, logging is considered an environmental necessity. It often has spectacular colour and grain and is used for the wind sail. The Camphor Laurel sail is a handcrafted piece of art, with our unique 3D curved S shape cut from solid blocks so it keeps it's shape long into the future. Sometimes our sails will have knots, or holes from old knots and we consider this a natural feature.
Depending on availability we may use timbers other than the above. We sometimes use Blackbutt, Brushbox, Silky Oak, Queensland Maple, Cypress Pine and Hoop Pine. We never use timber sourced from clear fell logging of old growth forest.
All timber components are finished with a non toxic blend of filtered, Tung Nut Oil, Citrus, Eucalypt and Pine Wood oils/extracts. These oils from the plant kingdom are totally replenishable, being harvested seasonally. This blend leaves a low sheen that penetrates the timber to nourish, preserve and seal; as well as providing protection against weather degradation and rot.
Long lasting, lightweight and rust free, our chime pipes are anodised for surface colour and protection. The anodising facilities we use have strict environmental controls in Australia. The photos on this page are of a bronze Celestial wind chime.
The aluminium pipes, which are made from approximately 80% recycled aluminium, have strong thick walls, are cut to tolerances less than 1mm to preserve the precision tuning we are known for. We use an anodised finish as it is stronger than the aluminium itself - plus it doesn't chip like the powder coating used by other manufacturers. The pipe ends are cut at 45 degrees like organ flutes, and then lovingly polished.
Take a closer look at other makes of chimes. Look at the exposed knots on their strings - not so at Windsong with our concealed system - while this takes considerable extra effort, we believe the aesthetics are worth it plus it adds extra protection from the weather.
The long lasting, moisture resistant and UV treated Australian made polyester cord is protected by pipe grommets to prevent wear. The cord will last for many years in normal outdoor hanging conditions. We've had chimes last over 30 years before they come back for some R & R (rest and refurbishment).
All of our chimes are shipped in custom made, 100% recycled boxes to protect them and ensure they arrive without damage. We gift wrap with printed kraft paper designed to suit any occasion, and add a special wrap at Christmas when we spot Christmas on your gift tag.
Windsong chimes has been trusted since 1985 - testament to the ongoing quality. Our chimes become part of our customers' lives and we love refurbishing them when they get old and weathered - usually over 20-30 years later.
If you don't love your wind chime, return them to us within 30 days and we'll give you a full refund - plus we'll pay your return postage! All our chimes come with a 2 year guarantee on materials and craftsmanship.