Kysuce native’s creative fire fueled by sound and happenstance

Juraj Tkáč did not have a passion for music before he became a full-time chimemaker.

Juraj Tkač next to one of his creations.Juraj Tkač next to one of his creations. (Source: Facebook)

There are many uncertainties within our universe, but the power of music is not one of them, at least not to chimemaker Juraj Tkáč.

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A native of the northern Slovak region of Kysuce, Tkáč’s livelihood depends on the power of music. His niche is constructing wind chimes, specially tuned to evoke different emotions and improve the listener’s health.

He was taught the craft by German chimemaker Wolfgang Deinert, whose son lost his hearing at the age of four months due to meningitis. On his website, Deinert notes how his son’s hearing impairment taught him the difference between hearing and listening, a vital lesson that has clearly influenced Tkáč’s work.

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