I have been making music. I have also been making musical instruments.
Take, for example, the Rhythm Stick:
All you have to do is take a broom stave like this:
Screw a rubber foot to the one end, protecting it and providing a little weight. To the other, add washers (I have lots of them lying around, it was quite easy to find enough) or whatever else you like.
And voila! A stick which you can shake or hit on the ground, and it rattles. Much less than a tambourine, which is designed to make a big sound, but more than a hi-hat. Ideal for small rooms and acoustic settings. It’s more or less what I wanted, although I have some ideas for developing it. It’s not a stomp fiddle, but it’ll do.
The other big project I’m trying out is a Tea Chest Bass. Not having a tea chest to hand, I got my hands on a crate. Unfortunately, the crate was large enough not only to conceal a full size bass, but also the bass player.
I’ve started to take the chest apart. It was glued, stapled and then screwed together. I took all the screws out, then gently forced the panels apart. There’s enough here to make a smaller chest, and plenty left over.
I hate to see even half decent materials go to waste, so the next task is to decide what I can make with the leftovers. Well, after I’ve finished having a go at the chest bass. Maybe a lid for the trailer to stop water pooling in the tarp.