Folk garage sale

Posted: September 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hey there folky friends…

I’ve put a couple of bits up on eBay that you may or may not be interested in.

Firstly I’ve decided to put of for auction a set of 1957 hardback copies of “The English and Scottish Popular Ballads” by Francis J Child. Often referred to as the Child Ballad books. These are still the dominant resource for anyone doing any research or interested in performing any of the English or Scottish ballad canon. A better resource has yet to be written, despite these originally being published in the 1890s.

All five volumes bound into 3 hardback books. Pretty rare in hardback form, though still available in paperback now.

Secondly, some of you may know that one of the most useful and portable percussion instrument that I play is a pair of musical bones. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to learn the basics of how to play these from the most lovely Jeff Warner at Whitby Folk Festival about three years back and they have become a firm favourite for me, as they are so versatile (and portable). They are great in a session or for self accompaniment of songs or playing with others along to tunes.

Well, after a bit of experimentation in the workshop, I’ve come up with a pattern for a pair that I’m really pleased with and have now put the first pair up on eBay for sale. Made from  beautifully grained Sapele (from a recognised FSC accredited source) and slightly longer than the standard ones that Hobgoblin sell at a shade over 8 1/2 inches long and finished with 1200 grit wet and dry paper and sealed with a beeswax based furniture wax, they sit very comfortably in the hand, are very light and responsive and have a lovely bright but not overly penetrating tone.

Hopefully some more will be following off the production line (shed bench) soon.

Each pair will be unique with regard to the grain and colouration and I may even experiment further with other timbers for different tones. Watch this space. Clickety, clickety, click, clickety, clack…..

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