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  1. Celtic Harp - 34 strings

    My first project for LJ! I made this harp for my wife. It is made from quilted maple and has a spruce sounding board. Although you can buy it in kit form, I built it from scratch using blueprints I purchased from a company in Oregon. Here is a link to their website...
  2. Blue Haze Cigar Box Ukulele #5

    Blue Haze Cigar Box Ukulele #5. Black Hardware, nickel frets, maple neck with bubinga 'ears'. Romeo and Julieta 'Churchill' size box. 17" 'concert' size scale. Black nylon strings. Peizo pickup embedded in neck under lexan/stainless steel bridge/saddle. Plays and sounds pretty good...
  3. Blue Haze Cigar Box Ukulele #6

    Blue Haze Cigar Box Ukulele #6. Last one for a while I promise, but I just had to show off this black velvet box! It's just a wonderful uke with the maple neck with cherry ears, chrome tuners and stainless sound-hole trim (bar-sink strainers!!) and nickel frets. Lexan/stainless steel saddle...
  4. Tongue Drum for my son / Xmas present 2010. #1

    I have not spending as much as time I should in my shop this winter, because I have been busy fishing… Well, this is what I really have to do, (Been doing this for more than 5 years now) woodworking gift for my kids. this was really a fun project, especially to see how it sounds and how it...
  5. Didgeridoo in Cis, Velvet Sumac (Fluweelboom)

    This didgeridoo was made especially for the exposition "Vormgevers in Hout" at Fort bij Vechten, last weekend (see: http://www.vormgeversinhout.nl/index.html ) This exposition shows the work of more than 50 craftsmen, chairbuilders, carpenters, greenwood workers and artists… My contribution is...
  6. Tongue Drum

    This is the first Christmas present of the year made as a joint gift for my 2 sons (4 and 6 years old). The sides are made from cherry and the top is walnut. After getting it all glued up I was disappointed in the dull sound of it until I picked it up and found that the sound was deadened by the...
  7. My clasical guitar

    In the mid 1970's I decided I wanted to try building a guitar as I already played a banjo. There was no kit available and no Internet to learn from. The only option was to buy a book and build from it. So that was it, no plans, just some brief drawings and a lot of words. I was fortunate to have...
  8. Hammer Dulcimer

    Music Instrument: hammer dulcimer Case: walnut Soundboard: quarter sawn spruce Dimensions: width 38" (front), 24" (back) height 18.5" depth 3/25" Soundboard painted by a neighbor, J. Stinger.
  9. Mountain dulcimer with celtic theme

    I built this for a friend/co-worker of my wife who wanted to give it as a gift to her husband. She wanted a celtic inscription inside, so I went with an overall celtic knot theme. The overlay on the soundboard may deaden the sound a bit, but It's not so bad I wouldn't do it again. I bought some...
  10. Psaltry Bows

    This is just a simple post on one approach to making simple bows for musical instruments that don't require a more aesthetic solutions. The photos are of prototypes made from some poplar scrap. Of course, walnut, mahogany, pine or some other wood could be used, depending on preference and...
  11. Joinery
    I am going to buy a new dovetail saw. I have it narrowed down to the one by Rob Cosman- $249.00 Bad Axe - $225.00 or the 3 saw set from Veritas - $219.00. This almost sounds like a no brainer to me but what do I know???? I like the aesthetic pleasure of the bad axe saws but they don't seem to be...
  12. Blogs
    banjo #1 i wanted a banjo but i don't have any money. i started with a tree and will hopefully have a banjo to play when i am done. i will add a few pictures to show the way i have built this banjo.-.when i figure out how to post a picture
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