Hello all. I am quite excited to have found this site.
My name is Dan, and I love building musical instruments. Lately though, I've been building instruments out of recyclables.
I started this almost two years ago. Last summer (2013), I volunteered again at a music camp that my sister and her husband hosted. I had done this before. I was the "craft" guy, but in 2012, I assembled a bunch of ukulele kits that I helped the kids assemble, and then play. Summer of 2013 though, after watching the Landfill Harmonic video on YouTube, I was inspired to help the kids make instruments out of trash and recyclables. So, over the winter months, I built a canjo, a small cookie tin ukulele, a 5-string resonator banjo out of a broken guitar, a Ford hubcap and a serving platter, a Kalimba out of a small coffee tin and bobby pins, and finally a 6-string acoustic guitar mainly out of two large cookie tins. I just wanted some examples of what the kids could do.
I then had the idea of the kids making their own canjos and their own kalimbas. My sister approved my idea, so I got to work eating canned food and cutting out necks.
For camp, I displayed the Landfill Harmonic video and explained to the kids what they would be building. They were excited after I played all my "garbage" instruments for them, and during building time, they got their instruments built. I even brought a lot of other materials so the kids could build a third instrument, but they had to use their own creativity. I told them that it didn't matter what it was, as long as they could make music with them. It was mostly drums, but a couple of other kids were creative. I even helped one little girl make a 5-string banjo out of a 1-gallon olive oil can. She got to play my hub cap banjo during the "folk circle" my sister set up, and she wanted her own. The only time I saw her smile during camp was when she finally got to play her own handmade instrument.
Anyhow, now I am working on cigar box guitars and ukuleles. I made one already that is really fun to play and sounds great. I am currently working on another one for my friend's non-profit organization to auction off during their fundraiser.
Anyhow, sorry to be long winded. I was just excited to have found this site, and I look forward to getting ideas, as well as giving advice whenever I can.
Thanks for looking,
Cool story Dan!
Starte em early.
Here's an article I compiled here of Landfill Harmonic http://handmademusicclubhouse.com/forum/topics/landfill-harmonic-th...
Good for you Dan!
It struck me that songs and tunes are created out of nothing but imagination and to go a step further and make the instruments from 'nothing' is worthy of great praise.