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Making Wood Folk Instruments [Paperback]

Dennis Waring
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book! lots to do... June 19 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Making Wood Folk Instruments" is a nice little book with lots of musical projects for everyone. Don't expect this to be like Ikea;
You won't be assembling things with a hammer and screwdriver. A good, well-stocked workshop is a necessity.
The book clearly shows you how to make many historic musical instruments, as well as giving a good
feeling about how they were originally played. Of course, you can use exotic woods and some up with some pretty spectacular stuff!
Delivery was fast, and the book (ex libris), was exactly as described.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun intro to insturment making May 7 1998
By Herb Nowell (h.nowell@snet.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is really two books. The first part covers a variety of simple insturments aimed at children. A few, such as the psalter, could me more complex if you wished. The second part presents some more complex insturments, including hammered and mountain dulcimers, a banjo, country fiddle, and celtic harp. This are not for the faint of heart, especially the harp. If you want some step-by-step instructions on making a simple, but quality folk insturment, either as an introduction to insturment making or as your final goal, this is a good place to start (I bought it for the mountain dulcimer instructions alone).
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a good, interesting and useful book, but . . . Aug. 28 2001
By windcheetah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was the first book that I had ever seen that seemed to offer full plans(well, yes, you need a photocopier with "zoom" features, but it still qualifies) and instructions for a nice-sized Celtic-style harp. I purchased the first edition of this book, and began to make the instrument. I found, however, that some parts of his harp instructions suffer from poor editing or printing errors. One paragraph mentions an appendix section that does not exist in the book. Others promised more coverage of finishing or building details that were never included, i.e. the rest he mentions for supporting the harp to make it easier to play is never detailed, though he did infer that there were plans/instructions later in the book. It is likely a very simple piece to make, but I think that his instructions should have been more complete. While his instructions are still useful for the beginning luthier, and you might still find it possible to complete the harp project, I would still be very cautious about using this book as your sole source for the more complex instruments. When the second edition became available, I had hoped that these errors would have been corrected, or at least removed. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. No editing seems to have been performed, at least not in the harp section. I cannot speak for the other instrument sections, as I haven't built them, though their instructions aren't as involved as the harp instructions. Any budding harp-builders out there might want to first go and purchase from a company that sells harp kits, just to get an idea of the materials/effort needed. Hopefully this will give you the confidence needed to build one from scratch later, using Waring's book as part of your reference materials. ... The main thing is to enjoy what you create. Even with mistakes, viewing and playing your hand-crafted instrument can still provide you with a sense of pride and accomplishment, because you went though the effort. Good luck to those who take on this challenge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed in quality June 27 2001
By Joe D. Jacobson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book covers a wide range of possible instruments. At the low end are items that are unlikely to interest your child, such as a bleach bottle banjo and rubber band harp. At the high end are real instruments which require significant woodworking experience and time, such as tear-drop fiddle and celtic harp. In between, however, are a few projects, primarily woodwind and percussion, which would be manageable to do with and for your kids. I think that, given the price, there are enough different projects in the book that it is worth getting if you enjoy making things and have kids who are interested in experiencing different kinds of musical instruments.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter book for the hobbyist June 9 2013
By Maven - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has been revised and reissued several times under different titles - I think the most recent is "Great Folk Instruments To Make & Play". Under any title it's a good, step-by-step, well-illustrated book for the home woodworker. As with most craft books, what you get out of it depends on how much effort you put into the instrument - and once you get the basics down, you can "wing it" on at lest some types. (I now own several different sizes and styles of psaltery, all based on the information provided in this book, all French-polished "curly" lauan - which is a surprisingly good tonewood and polishes up beautifully, especially if you pick a piece with interesting grain - and all sounding great.)
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Place To Start Oct. 18 2010
By D. DeBruler - Published on Amazon.com
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Making Wood Folk Instruments is a great reference book. If you're looking for detailed "how to" book, you may want to look elsewhere. But if you just need a spark of imagination or want to see what the end of the journey looks like - this is a reasonable expense.

I found myself distracted by the decidedly outdated photographs, but was still intrigued by the ideas and simple instruments demonstrated within the book. I built a mountain dulcimer from the project pages, and with just a few modifications it is a very nice instrument.

Get it. Use it. Keep it around. You'll use it again.
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