Archive for February, 2010

It’s all Georges’ fault

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Georges de La Tour, that is.

Hurdy-Gurdy-PlayerFrom February 2 – May 11, 1997, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas had an exhibit entitled Georges de La Tour and his world. I went to the exhibit and enjoyed it very much. One of my favorites was definitely The Hurdy-gurdy Player 1631-36. Amazing detail: cotton on the strings, paper shims on the bridge. I was vaguely aware of what a hurdy-gurdy was, but this painting made me want to learn more about them, and how they worked. One or two other paintings had glimpses of hurdy-gurdies.

It is no coincidence that a year later I had completed my own simple hurdy-gurdy!

—Michael

Well, I did it!

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Not only am I starting my first blog, I also made a down payment today on a hurdy-gurdy kit. I have launched this blog with the intention of documenting my attempt at constructing this unique musical instrument. Perhaps I might even get some good advice from folks who know what they’re doing!

So, “stay tuned,” which I know to be one of the hardest things about a hurdy-gurdy…

–Michael