I recently had a great experience building a new tenor psaltery. The great thing about it was, I had the opportunity to work with some extremely rare wood. I was asked to build the psaltery using some 2000 year old black bog oak found in Mississippi.
I had only heard of bog oak from hearing the news of the log found in the UK last year. You can see the pictures of it being excavated from the farmland on this web site…Continue
I didn’t know what empirical meant, when someone mentioned that it describes how I have always worked and designed the psalteries I build. I was happy to find out it meant to experiment and observe to arrive at a solution. A name for my madness.
It was interesting to read Richard’s post on String Theory 101 that was posted the other day. It’s great to share knowledge, especially on this great forum, and I do want to learn all that I can. I wanted to add my thoughts and relate how I…Continue
The other day, a friend of mine pulled a small instrument out of a bag and asked if I had ever seen one. This is what he had -
I about fell on the floor, I thought it was the oldest bowed psaltery I had ever seen, the missing link! No kind of markings, other than the numbers and note names along the edges. It's really small, about 14 inches long. It's…Continue
This past weekend I hosted an invitational bowed psaltery gathering here in East Tennessee at Cove Lake State Park. I had a couple of motives for doing this and the way it was done.
I have long thought I would like to see another bowed psaltery gathering, there too few right now. I only know of The Lucas's Down Home Psaltery Festival and the Westman's Bowed Psaltery Symphony. One of my motives was to invite several folks I know, who are as keen on the bowed psaltery as I am, to see…Continue