Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The MELTONE




 I thought it might be fun to build a musical instrument.  I decided to design my own concoction comprised of a cigar box guitar body, hurdy gurdy wheel crank, mountain dulcimer fret scale, tenor banjo neck, and 3/4 scale cello strings.  In the tradition of the great hurdy gurdy luthiers of antiquity I carved a face (my wife Martha) on the tuning head stock.  I worked sporadically on it whenever inspired between sculpting animated film maquettes.  I really enjoyed the intuitional process of designing it as I built it.  I even decided to add an internal auxilary soundboard for extra tone and volume.  On the bittersweet day of completion I tuned up the three cello strings to an open C, turned the crank handle, and discovered that it actually worked!