I make a whole lot of different instruments, and I can get good notes on almost all of them (it's why I don't do a lot of double reeds, I can't play them well enough to set them up and thus need to work around my 'expert's' schedules).
I play a reasonable amount of them passably enough to be able to teach a bit about them in lectures and to make sure they work well, and I play a few of them pretty well indeed. But I am more skilled as a builder than a performer.
I am writing, as I build, small page or two informational articles about the instruments - history, construction, special features, a bit about playing, hopefully I will have it compiled into a digital reference compendium on these instruments that is good enough to be interesting and to teach and short enough to actually be read. I post these little things about once a month onto our local Grimfells mailing list, and they are being collected by a few folks. I don't care who collects them as long as they don't try to take credit for my mistakes - I use what I write sometimes as pseudo-copyright on my designs and techniques, and that might have business benefits one day. I don't mind when it gets done sending you a copy of it, but it will be less in the performing arts category as in the technical arts, music subcategory. And I have my www.nogy.net site where I present many of my insturment projects in a teaching mann!
er. It is not academic research, but useful nonetheless to the collection of hobbyist and tinkerers here in the SCA. You are welcome to any and all of it you can make sense of, and once it is truly organized, you are welcome to collect and present that as well.
> Do you play them or just make them?
> If you ever write an article on this unusual instrument I'd love to
> consider it for the PERFORMANCE ARTS section in the Florilegium.
>> Seems as the fates have smiled. About a week after my return
>> from Dragonship's Haven, I was contacted by the Finlandia
>> Foundation in DC asking if I would consider placing an instrument
>> in their auction at their annual Kalevala Gala to be held next
>> month at the Finnish embassy in DC. After a bit of research to
>> determine the validity of the request, I agreed.
>> Now it looks like the instrument I am building will be on display
>> either in the Embassy or the Cultural Center of the Library of
>> Congress until it is auctioned, and a few other interesting
>> developments have opened up with Finlandia. Might mean a few
>> lectures in DC (I personally am hoping to wrangle an educational
>> trip to Finland for me and the family).
>> Anyway, here is the little Jouhikko I built for them. Tabitha,
>> my liason with Finlandia, designed it just as any other customer
>> would, and I turned it into wood and strings. It will be
>> interesting to see what an embassy crowd will be willing to give
>> for something like this.
>> Anyway, here's the picture.
>> Because Finland wasn't until about a hundred years ago (it was
>> Swede) we don't have any actual evidence of this regions version
>> of the bowed drone lyre that is everywhere around Finland, so a
>> lot is guessing, but I think the boat-bottomed, single chanter
>> string instrument is likely the best guess. This one is hard
>> lime with a spruce body, and ornamented with Sami / Lapland
>> Shaman Drum imagery. I kinda like it. Hope you do too.
> THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of
> Ansteorra Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
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