|Project by Randall Sly||posted 04-15-2013 10:45 PM||1729 views||11 times favorited||4 comments|
From December 2009, The “Santa’s Sweat Shop Project”. I’ll post a few of my favorites, and a photo of the whole lot. Re-purposed cigar boxes and an abundance of scrap materials of Oak, Teak, Cedar, Cocobola, Epa, and other miscellaneous bits including some aluminium.
- Photo 1 – This one was the smallest, ended up appropriately our youngest daughters (5YO in 2009)
- Photo 2 – with 2 Sound Ports
- Photo 3 – I think this one went to dad, it was a Grab Bag selection process so we couldn’t choose favorites. This Kalimba also has tremolo ports on the rear.
- Photo 4 – More or less the entire build, give or take a few that had to be shipped to family not joining us that year.
Cigar boxes are mostly cedar, the Tines or keys are made from tool steel (or for those in a hurry electricians fish tapes of which I destroyed 3 or 4 for this project). They are tuned and easily tune-able to any diatonic variable one may like. We were very pleased that these were so well received and still enjoy visiting family and seeing them proudly displayed 4 years later.
-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.