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Jouhikko by taika-kim Jouhikko by taika-kim
The jouhikko is a bowed lyre, related to welsh crwth and swedish talharpa, amongst others.

Body is oak, soundboard heat processed birch, bridge, the string extension piece and the neck reinforcement are ash, and the tuning pegs are beech.
Strings are horsehair. I used fir resin I collected myself for them.
The bow is just a nice piece of pine :)

Finish with iron oxide & linenseed oil, and after that a few layers with a mixture of tar, linseed oil and turpentine.

The white string is the melody string played free with fingers, the black ones are drones.

There's a few pieces that need refinement, like the badly designed string attachment in the extension piece. Now changing the tuning of any one string affects all the others too :/ So here I should have sticked more rigidly to historical examples.

The body shape is loosely based on several 19th century examples from the national Museum of Finland.
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Jouhikko by ~taika-kim. A bowed lyre of ancient Finnish origin, related to similar northern European instruments. The sound is produced not by stopping the strings against a fingerboard, but by the hand positioned from behind and through the hole at the top, stopping the strings with the backs of the knuckles. This jouhikko is a beautifully organic design, with natural imperfections of the wood for the sound holes and a simple length of pine for the bow. ( Featured by Kitten-of-Woe )
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CalimBG Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
wonderful! any soundchecks?
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taika-kim Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not really, now it's in repair, I'm trying to fix the tuning pegs, and also made the body lighter...
In this track it's plucked sound is overlaid with the synth bass for the duration of the whole track:
[link]
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msilvestre Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautifully done!
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vasodelirium Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
hi!your work is featured in my latest journal.
hope you don't mind!
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taika-kim Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
not at all :D
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balthasarcraft Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi there! Your wonderful instrument has been featured here at the Artisan Craft blog: [link] .

Kyla
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taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ok, nice :)
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dubhdarra Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
thats gorgeous, i don't suppose you can play it?
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
not really, and the prototype is not very good, the tuning mechanism is very unconvenient :/
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dubhdarra Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
thats a shame, i'd love to hear what one sounds like..
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