What better use than making it live again as an instrument?
If it is the fact that this is a new design and not guaranteed that is of concern, I can assure you it is a very traditional layout, and while I may have to do some work on the keybox or the bridges or tangents or other things, I am quite certain that I will be able to get the body spot on first time.
I had this timber custom cut many years ago for just this project, from an old tree that was removed before it fell, and I can't particularly see any other use that would be markedly better than this one. The timber itself is my own personal natural egg-timer, I knew I would have to lock down the design by the time the wood was ready, and that is why the design is just now finished, because the wood is just now ready.
Now, because of the issues with obtaining it in this size, if it was box elder instead I would be using it for citole and gittern and would find something else to build the gurdy from. But I have a significant source of walnut, so it is not perhaps in my circumstances as precious as it might be to some.
Most important, this will produce an item that gives much enjoyment in the making and in the continued ownership and playing, which to me is the most important thing of all
> Hi Chris,
> sorry to seem to be a damper, would (wood ) that " I have a
> beautiful 7 foot x 14 inch x 16/4
> air dried black walnut timber waiting for me to start" be put to a
> better use,and try some other less precious timber.
> Sorry Billy Horne
> On 22 February 2012 07:59, Kazimierz Verkmastare <email@example.com>
>> Thanks Graeme
> Just so y'all know, I am working (have been for a couple of years
> now, but haven't been quite sure of some of the details till now)
> on a design for a gurdy based on a small picture of a faun or satyr
> from a 1526 painting by Jacob Cornelisz Van Oostsanen called "Saul
> and the Witch of Endor"
> This is a simple gurdy, with an interesting overall shape and a
> form I believe would be most suitable to an early corpus-built
> (hollowed out of one single piece of wood). It has a decent size
> and I think will make a fine travel instrument, as well as being
> demonstrably medieval (when you do medieval recreations, at least a
> basic adherance to something documentable is nice.
> Here is a detail picture - I hope it doesn't get stripped out, but
> if it does, www.nogy.net/images/satyr.jpg will get it for you
> I will be drawing the instrument in 2 forms - the entirely period
> (to the best of my understanding and ability, we are after all
> about 30 years after the first artistic representation of which I
> am aware of a gurdy with a tirant pin, so this can be a 'complete'
> gurdy, but most likely only a limited single row of keys, quite
> possibly not even a complete diatonic scale. And a more modern
> mechanically version with chromatic keying, adjustable tangents,
> lifters and such. I will be building both, but likely the fully
> keyed version first.
> I have been using my old faithful experimenter's hack sinphone to
> try out many of the bridge, tangent, wheel and nut ideas I have
> seen on so many instruments. It is nice to have built a basic box
> without ornament or flourish, with a floating (replaceable)
> soundboard, that I don't feel bad about drilling new holes in the
> sides, breaking off and gluing on bridges and nuts, adding
> different heads to test different configurations, all that sort of
> stuff. While it may seem sacrilege to some, I learn best with a
> tablespoon of theory and a gallon of experiment, and this 'hack'
> has served me well, even as far as being the instrument I take to
> schools and other 'kid-centric' events because I don't really mind
> if someone accidentally messes it all up. Guess there is a benefit
> to being a builder, albeit not yet extremely confident in the gurdy
> Graeme, I hope you don't mind, but there are some really neat bits
> in your design that I would love to steal for this one - I have
> tried some of your bits and pieces on the sinphone and am convinced
> that they are the way to go.
> I am going to start building this gurdy after the weekend, I have
> (fingers crossed, there is a possible derail in the near future
> that can mess up the works, but it is less than 50% possible) a
> weekend trip to Texas to visit a friend and see him and his group
> perform some very period music in a very amazing acoustic
> environment. I will be drawing as I build, so as to include all
> the things that really work, rather than just my hopeful inventions.
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