Stone Instruments: Musical Instruments and Ceramic

The use of ceramic to make musical instruments has an ancient origin… Maybe not as old as ceramic itself but still! The Arabian darbuka (goblet drum or chalice drum) is a wonderful example of such instruments though the modern production tends to use metal or wood instead of the fragile ceramic! Browsing through the guitarz blog I came across a ceramic bodied guitar!!

Ceramic Guitar Stone Instruments

What a rich idea… The instrument is decorative and pretty original. In the following video you can hear it, and though I think it could be perfectible I think it has some potential to play some roots folk music.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8zEG7VY_Cw[/youtube]

You can watch the making-of video of this guitar on the guitarz blog to hear Gabe Turow explaining further some of his choices and concerns (as the neck fixation that is rather strange)

Gabe Turow who is behind Stone Instruments exclusively builds ceramic musical instruments:

  • Percussions as ceramic has some very interesting percussive properties: darbouka, djembe, bongo, udu.
  • Stringed instruments: guitar, banjo, ukulele.
  • Thumb pianos (kalimba)

All of this reminds that one day I’ll have to bring back my old darbuka from my folks home. That day my neighbors will have a fair reason to hate me…

If you want to know more: check the Stone Instruments website and the Stone Instruments Youtube Channel that is stuffed with a lot of videos of Gabe Turow’s creations. Here are some pictures of his ceramic instruments:

ceramic_ukulele_stone_instrumentsceramic_bass_kalimba_stone_instruments

ceramic_bongo_stone_instrumentsceramic_djembe_stone_instruments

 

About Sem

I am the founder of Muzicosphere (that also exists in a French version). In 2011, I also created Guitar Fail, the Guitar LOL place to be. And before that I created GAS a GoGo, a gear giveaways blog in French.

3 comments

  1. well…weird, strange, special
    and, please, dont throw that stuff on the floor!

  2. aren’t these stone instruments heavy? But I really find them very unique. I wonder if there are any stone violins. If there’s any, I wonder how heavy it is.

  3. The Sirloin Knight

    How did you make your clay guitar?
    I would really like to make one of my own.

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