Gourmet Sound – The Chopstick and Sardine Kora
I have a very nice mandolin made from very nice materials and made by a very nice mandolin builder. What more could I want?
Well recently I came across the quirky instruments made by Stewart Port. Many people make instruments out of odd objects (don’t ask), but few match the elegance of these instruments. I particularly like his Crutch Banjo, and his Water Jug Kora. I love the thought of this guitar builder contemplating mundane objects and imagining new possibilities.
I also love the fact that he treats these as serious contenders and not as jokey objects (read what he says) . And I especially like the relationship to traditional African instruments (and other ‘ethnic’ instruments i.e. instruments not to be found in music chain stores) which are often made of things that happen to be around.
In fact I love these thoughts so much that I decided to try it myself.
So a new game. Find things to make instruments out of. In that order. And the result, a few odd instruments with surprisingly useful qualities.
The sardine harp, a birthday present for the inimitable Manfred Zyla:
And a close up of the chopstick kora, currently my axe of choice:
So… what next object to turn into something more useful