I created the first “Rainmaker” over 15 years ago because the cheap imports were coming over from Asia and was cutting into my art business because Asia was copying my fountains and pricing them at 10% of my price, so I decided to design a taller fountain. My first one sounded like 10 toilets flushing, but I soon solved that problem with a baffle that is adjustable, so the owner can choose the intensity of the sound. Every “Rainmaker” is exactly the same on the inside, but different on the outside.
When I made my very first fountains twenty five years ago I really didn’t know what I was doing. If it looked good and sounded good……that was good enough for me. Then I noticed water on the table or floor around the fountains and I knew I could do better. Because of the Rainmaker design, that is no longer a problem. All the “splashing” is controlled inside the body, and the triangular shape allows the sound to bounce off the back wall and project out the windows I have sculpted in the front walls. I tried other shapes and the accoustics are all wrong. Listen to a designer of a sound recording studio and he will probably tell you, “Be sure none of the walls are parallel.” The sound must “bounce” to a different surface and then be freed to wander.
Each fountain is actually only two feet tall, but when I make each one, I carefully select stone that is the same color and when they are stacked, it appears that the rain in the top fountain is falling to the bottom of the one underneath it. It’s a slight visual trick that works very well. Very few art patrons realize that they are actually looking at multiple fountains instead of one. This modular design also gives the art patron a choice of size. If you see a 6 foot tall fountain that you like and only want a four foot tall fountain, you can buy two sections to create a smaller one. The one that’s left over is for that art patron who only wants a two foot tall Rainmaker.
IT’S A CHAMELEON!
This year I began to use other natural materials to create a fountain that can virtually look like ANYTHING. I have started with wood and metal, and if you delve into the website further, you can see some examples of these materials in the “snapshot” page. The good thing about the design is that the water NEVER touches the outside of the structure, so the visual structure can be made of anything. I build the structure out of cement board, then the outside can be covered with ANYTHING. It’s your choice. Or, if you want a Rainmaker sent to you that is blank, YOU can decorate or paint the outside. When I do a custom exterior I charge more because the time I spend on a mosaic Rainmaker is SEVERAL hours longer.
And the best part: You see, humans are wired to like the sound of falling water. Falling water emits what scientists call “negative ions” into the air. These ions are scientifically proven to relax the mind. So the benefit of owning your very own “negative ion machine” is understandable and desirable. The interior lighting, which is included with any four foot or six foot Rainmaker, is also a part of the relaxing features that will take you to another place where your thoughts and imagination can transport you to anywhere your mind wants to take you. The light can only shine out the windows and down to the floor where you will actually see the “shadow” of the gentle falling rain.