Wednesday, 28 June 2017

I Have Always Seemed To Know About Hurdy-gurdys,

even from a kid, where one of the kids Dad's down the street had and played one,

 but what are they? well a Hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument that produces sound by a hand crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings, the wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin, melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents—small wedges, typically made of wood—against one or more of the strings to change their pitch, like most other acoustic stringed instruments, it has a sound board and hollow cavity to make the vibration of the strings audible, the next time I was aware of a Hurdy-gurdy was in the late 1960s when Donovan's song, Hurdy-gurdy Man, was released,

 so I was surprised to see that UGears has made a self assembly model of one, well not quite yet, Hurdy-Gurdy, is now on Kickstarter,

the model is equipped with everything needed for assembly, the quality of the parts is very high – a laser method with 0.01 mm precision  is used for cutting items from a plywood board, the details are already cut out and can be easily removed from the board,all steps of its assembly are described in very detailed step-by-step colour instructions, the Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy assembles easily and with no glue, toothpicks or special tools due to their patented plywood joints method, the assembly of the Hurdy-Gurdy includes several stages, firstly, you put the smaller parts together to form the large blocks: the body, decks, wheel, crank, head, tuning pegs, keyboard, melody strings – which will altogether complete the whole model,

we have featured Ugears on our blog before, as they have been on the scene for some time making lots of plywood toys for you to build, and no I am not on commission, but it is only 25 weeks and 3 days to Christmas, I just thought I would let Santa know in plenty of time!

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