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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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Given 2008-09-07
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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:icontaika-kim:
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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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ok, nice :)
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:icondubhdarra:
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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:icondubhdarra:
dubhdarra Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
thats a shame, i'd love to hear what one sounds like..
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Check out here [link]
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:icondubhdarra:
dubhdarra Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
haha i like it!
thanks :)
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ScytheLust Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your instruments. They're rough and sleek at the same time.
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful looking instrument :)
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familiarshadow Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
wow. it is beautiful. the instrument itself sounds really cool as well. i went to the link. you said that you needed to come up with something else instead of the string holding the lower sting attachment (not sure what it is called). well violins their chin rests are held on by metal but the way the top portion and the bottom portion screw together to wrap around and grab the side of the instrument could most likely be replicated in wood and could work as a possible solution.
really really nice work!
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taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
I've since changed the string holder, it's good now.. Now I would only need to change the strings and still do some work on the pegs. They're hard to fix since I made them the wrong way from the very beginning :/
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MasterFruityLoops Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Hey, you should post a youtube video of you (Or someone else) playing it. That'd be righteous.
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taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe one day... Now I'm 22222 busy!
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vinsky2002 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008


 i wonder... :-? crafted, just like.. the way some of the oldest music instruments must have, or had been...
 ... :nod:
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, it's a very very traditional instrument, at least 500 years or so...
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vinsky2002 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008


... :wow: ... that is great !!! that is great indeed... :dance:
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xLostFACEx Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
its weird but its beautiful! i dontknow:D oh ive never seen this thing:D
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ryhmy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
Komia soitin. Heti tekisi mieli päästä kuulemaan saundia. Kivoja ratkaisuja muotoilussa :)

Heh, ja pitäähän modernissa Jouhikossa floikkatalla olla ;)
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taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
tää ei skulaa kovin hyvin, ku kielet on IHAN liiak paksut, pitäs ottaa ainakin puolet, enemmänkin pois. Kun tein tätä, mulla ei ollu aavistustakaan paksuuksista, ja otin ne Morinkhuurista, mis tietty on paljon pidemmät kielet... Ja tapit ei skulaa, kun tein ne alusta päin helvettiä, ajattelin iskeä mekaaniset koneistot tähän, kun tää muutenkin on niin menetetty tapaus :)
Ja tehä uuden alusta, kunhan joskus muka ehin...

Ja mikä on floikkatalla?-)
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ryhmy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
Floikkatalla on rock/heavy -soittoon suunnatuissa sähkökitaroissa usein tavattu kelluva talla (Floyd Rose). Mahdollistaa hurjien hevirevitysten tekemisen ja pitää vireen tarkasti, mutta kielen katketessa vetää kaikki kielet epävireeseen. Kuva: [link]
Elikkäs ikäänkuin kehittynyt versio tosta sun jouhikon tallasta ;)
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taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, mähän oon vaihtanu ton jo vähän parempaan... Mutta kyl tollanen pidin on melkein kaikissa jousisoittimissa edelleenkin, jos siis pelkästä kiinnityksestä puhutaan?
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ryhmy Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
Kuhan vaa heitin lä;ppää ;) Meikä tajuaa jousisoittimista yhtä paljon, ku sika satelliitista. Mut komia jouhikko yhtä kaikki.
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y0urstalker Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
I didn't know what it was at first so when it clicked I was like "Redemption!"
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IchigoOnigiri Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Student Filmographer
Yeah, but what's it sound like?
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taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmm something like most of the old drone string instruments... Very gritty and so on. And this particular one is a bit on the weak side, because I made some very bad designs choices in the beginning :/ Maybe one day I will make a soundclip.
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Minoru-Kokubunji Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
This is beautiful. Now I want one :giggle:
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These guys can make you one, and a one too that will be possible to play correctly!
[link]
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Minoru-Kokubunji Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
:iconohjoyplz: Thanks!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional
Congrates on the DD
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks!
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Anouk-Lisole Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
Oh wow. That is beautiful.
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks :) Now if it only would be musically 100% functional too... ;)
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Anouk-Lisole Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
Are you trying to alter it so it will be?
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AngelHalfie Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
This is awesome! As a string musician as well as an artist I can really lose myself in the appreciation of this beautiful piece...bravo!!!
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks a lot!
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Twenty-NineKnuckles Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
Whoa will that
really
play
music?
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes ;)
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DesignbyDalton Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I want to hear you play it!
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
maybe one day when I'm not soooo busy...
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DesignbyDalton Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
lol, alright i can wait.
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Moso-stuff Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Student General Artist
That instrument looks so awesome. Almost antique-like :D
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:icontaika-kim:
taika-kim Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, it's a very traditional design. Altough I took a ton of liberties :)
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Moso-stuff Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Student General Artist
:clap:
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