|Project by Jacob||posted 11-23-2012 06:40 AM||1571 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
Posting this older project as I have just recently did some photography for my upcoming portfolio review.
This is a final product for a class I took with a brief to design a new and conceptual instrument.
I could describe in length the design process in which I started researching unsophisticated tribal and ancient instruments (drums, didgeridoos, bullroarers) and my process of building/testing—But we are all about the wood here so I will save that and just include a link to my online portfolio which goes more in-depth. (http://cargocollective.com/JacobTuretsky/Bo) and mention only how it is made and it what it does.
You swing the instrument like a sword or light saber or various training weapons in martial arts. The wind vibrates the large rubber “reed” which is held in tension.
The body of Bō is made of bent laminated beechwood, two halves between which I sandwiched a strip of walnut. The clamp like appendages which hold the band in tension are also walnut. The body forks out into two parts where the rubber blade is, this opening allows wind to hit the rubber on its knife edge, which generates the most vibration. Further, in this region where it forks into two halves, they have been sculpted down into airfoil shapes.
The brass hardware is also custom, I cut the knobs and threaded pieces on the lathe from a solid rod of brass. Ebony inlay at the top appendage on the seam from the walnut piece to the engineered beech body.
The entire piece is finished in wax.
It is super fun to use, but most certainly only for big rooms or outside. It make some awesome sounds, and in fact, on a breezy day will work just by holding it into the wind, so it requires not a great deal of energy to play.
Anyways, tell me what you guys think,
-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer