Rain chains are a beautiful and functional alternative to traditional downspouts.  Guiding rain water visibly down chains or cups from the roof to the ground, a rain chain transforms a plain gutter downspout into a beautiful water feature.

From the soft tinkling of individual droplets to the soothing rush of white water, they are a treat to listen to.

The Japanese have used rain chains, known as kusari doi, for hundreds of years. If you travel to Japan you’ll see elaborate rain chain designs on Buddhist temples and in many traditional gardens. They are evident on most traditional architecture, both in built-up city scapes and in the country side.

The © Barbara Heath copper chain is hand made from a series of square cups linked one beneath the other. Each cup is formed in the traditional tinsmith’s manner; the flat copper sheet is cut and folded to shape then secured with a folded and hammered seam. Copper is a perfect material for exterior use and over time will develop a unique patina. The technique recalls 19C skills, when so many everyday items around the home were effectively made by hand with simple tools.