thing 25: oak box boo

Bart Hopkin calls it a boo – a tongue drum made from a tube of bamboo or a box. It might not seem complicated compared to some of my earlier instruments, but for me, cutting and attaching these five pieces of wood was like brain surgery. Notice that no two sides are the same length, and the notches for the tongue are all slanted. Anyway, it goes a little bit like this.

oak box boo

oak box boo

1 thought on “thing 25: oak box boo

  1. Harry Partch made a marimba out of bamboo and called it boo. I’m pretty sure that was before Hopkins though he could have taken the name (or come up with it independently).

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