I wrote a little while ago about a project making ukuleles. These came, as I described before from an old piano we are dismantling in conjunction with a dance piece for a company called Dance Exchange. I got enough scrap to make two ukes, which I have dubbed the "Mountain Ukes," as they are being made for that piece.
|The tennon on the neck fits in to a mortice on the body for a secure joint.|
The cedar lids sound great, the very thin one out of the recycled shingles sounds brighter. Overall, they are pretty great boxes and fun to play. Not sure I want to get in the line of making whole instruments, though, even out of found materials. There is too much temptation to start acting like an actual luthier without having the knowledge and skill set one needs to follow up on that. And I really like that I was able to leave the original finish from the piano on the fingerboard, as an homage to the instrument that was, and that is living again in the new instrument.