Instrument Making Workshops at Estey Labs
BRATTLEBORO -- Dennis Waring will offer a variety of instrument-making workshops for children accompanied by an adult and all other age groups at the Estey Organ Museum on Birge Street, in conjunction with the new program called Estey Labs.
In keeping with themes of ecological awareness and recycling, Waring will show how to make instruments from materials which are usually thrown away as garbage.
This Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, small drums will be made using industrial tubes and natural drum heads. On Sept. 29, xylophones will be fashioned utilizing scrap wood and twine. Box banjos and hose pipe flutes were already made on the first two Saturdays in September.
Author of the books "Great Folk Instruments To Make and Play" and "Cool Cardboard Instruments To Make and Play," Waring is one of the most innovative instrument-makers in the United States. By making musical instruments from scrounged materials, participants not only help the environment in a small way but also learn much concerning art and craft, acoustics and the science of sound, and gain multicultural insight and appreciation by examining the clever ways people of the world have created their magical, mythical, musical devices.
Class fee is $15 per instrument; materials and tools supplied. Class is limited to 15. To register, e-mail email@example.com.