Have you ever held onto something for such a long period of time, that when you finally release it, your fingers are aching? That is me right now. I have been holding a chisel in one hand and a mallet in the other for quite a few hours today. My feet are also aching from standing all day, and I can feel my body starting to stiffen. I still have two more days to go, and if you haven't read my previous post, then you will have no idea what I am talking about.
I like relaxing music, I like feeling the vibration of music going through your body, and I like to play music. I found out about a course where you can make dreamharps. The harp is made to sit flush on your body so that you can feel the vibrations, and it is pentatonic, so you can play anything on it.
Here is my photo diary of today. It started at 8:30am and it was already 27 degrees. Not sure what it got to though. The prediction was around 40 degrees, but it definitely wasn't that. It was warm enough though. There are only two of us taking the class, so we get a lot of help from Nis.
First we chose the wood. Mine is red gum. You will see that there is a knot in the wood. I was hoping to make it a feature, it's causing me more grief than anything.
We then drew our image on with chalk. This was just a test run as this image will be removed with (I think) a circular drill. It was a large circular drill bit anyway.
What I can't understand is when Nis was demonstrating on my harp, he always chose the easier areas. Or at least, he made it look that way. Below is the small area he work on to show how to get around the design.