making wind chimes /from time to time people ask how to make wind chimes, especially how to calculate the lengths of the tubes/rods. there is no precise answer to this question! let’s discuss it.there was an article in projects in metal, december 1991, "eight-tube wind chimes" by thomas f. howard. this is probably also reprinted in one of the "metalworking" books by village press that condense issues of the magazine. i’ll refer to this article in a few places simply as "howard". first, there are lots of aspects of making one, other than how long to cut the chimes. how many chimes? what kind of chord do you want (major, minor, pentatonic, etc.). how should you arrange them?