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Matchstick Violins

If you've got a lot of extra matchsticks lying around (and maybe some toothpicks as well), why not make a violin? Here's a description of how O.L. Reames of Michigan did it (source: The Battle Creek Enquirer - July 22, 1951):

His first step was to build a block about three-fourths of an inch thick from matchsticks. The block measured about the size of a violin and was built patiently, stick by stick, in criss-crossing layers.

Then it was cut to the shape of a violin and arched, a technical process done with arch gauges to assure the proper slope to the front of the instrument. After working down the front of the violin and graduating it correctly in the inside, it was ready to tune.

When the fiddle sounded a perfect G, Mr. Reames knew he was on the right track.

He then constructed the back of toothpicks, following the same procedure. The ribs, or sides, were made to a metal form and were glued to the back. The neck was constructed of toothpicks.




Reames was not the only guy to ever make a matchstick violin. A number of them have been created over the years. For instance, a Polish bricklayer, Jan Gwizdz, made one in 1937, and it was actually played in concert in 2014. In the video below, skip to about 4½ minutes in to see the violinist start playing.

The violin of Jan Gwizdz





More info: Classic FM, Worthpoint

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 08, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Music

The High School That Rocked



"Before touring became big business for promoters who elevated rock shows to an art, even name-brand bands played pretty much anywhere. It’s an interesting component of the early rock era that’s explored in the upcoming documentary The High School That Rocked!, which takes a look at one Connecticut school that somehow managed to lure a slew of classic-rock legends — including Cream, the Doors and the Yardbirds, among others."

Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 08, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Education, Music, 1960s

Gotta Get Over the Hump



Your new theme song for Wednesdays.

Gotta get over da hump!

More on the creators.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 29, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Music, 1970s

Gary Numan Unicef Concert:  1979



This is exactly the kind of performance that evokes for me the tragedy of starving Third World children.


Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 19, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Charities and Philanthropy, Eccentrics, Music, 1970s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

The Wookie Boogie


Neon Werewolf Presents - The Wookie Boogie from neon werewolf on Vimeo.



Thanks to Frank Phillips for the tip!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 16, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Aliens, Music, Science Fiction, Reader Recommendation

I’m Having Your Baby





"Having your baby is a way of saying I'm thinking of you."

No argument there!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 12, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, 1970s, Pregnancy

Timothy Leary:  While Birds Sing





Album info and track listing.

Let me know when you bail!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 09, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Drugs, Psychedelic, Music, Surrealism, 1960s, 1970s, 1990s

Eddie Harris:  That Is Why You’re Overweight



Although the tune is fine, the lyrics are the thing here, and they start around 2:20.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 25, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Addictions, Food, Music, 1980s

Joan Ridgway, Yodeling Cowgirl





Plenty more of her on YouTube. But hardly any biographical info. What little there is seems to indicate that despite all cultural signifiers, she was Australian, not American.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 21, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Human Marvels, Music, 1950s, Australia, North America

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