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A Gentile's Kinnor

Posted by Yopparai on Monday, June 30, 2008

"Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have cattle. His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe." (Genesis 4:20-21 RSV)

"Praise The Lord with the lyre, make melody to Him with the harp of ten strings!" (Psalm 33:2 RSV)

I first heard about the kinnor through the YouTube page of klezfiddle1.  At the time I thought it was a cool and unusual instrument and I have enjoyed watching klezfiddle1 as he has learned to play it. As always happens, I figured that was all that would come of it.

I was recently volunteered to participate in my church's VBS program. Initially it was just as a helper in one of the classes, but then someone said to themselves, "Hey, Yopp builds those goofy instruments, lets have him play the part of an instrument builder in an ancient Jerusalem market." Now I suspect they would be happy with me displaying my banjos, and pvc flutes, and other odds and ends, but I figured if I was going to do it, I should do it up right. I would build something that was actually appropriate to the time period and location.  I have to stop letting my brain do all the thinking.

So I sent klez a message asking for measurements off his kinnor. Armed with his measurements, a photo of a modern instrument, and some graph paper, I sketched out my kinnor. After scanning the drawing and cleaning it up in turbocad 2-D I had a reasonable set of full-sized plans to work off.

As of this evening, I have taped up the six pages of the plan, cut out the side piece, and started the process of making a pattern in MDF.

Oh, and it needs to be finished in less than two weeks. um.. Piece of cake.

Photos of the project are Yonder in the Kinnor album.

Oh, Klezfiddle1, aka Michael Levy, is in the final stages of producing an album of ancient Jewish lyre music. Check out his Youtube channel and buy a couple when it is released. The music is haunty and that always appeals to me, and Mr. Levy plays a mean kinnor.

2 comments on “A Gentile's Kinnor”

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 @6:12:44 AM

I appreciate manic folks like you because it makes me look comparatively normal!  Actually, I appreciate folks that are passionate about good things and worthy endeavors, and of such, your are a worthy example, certainly a pattern to be emulated.

Thanks for being such an inspiring fellow.

pauwac Says:
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 @7:08:42 AM

I love your statement "I have to stop letting my brain do all the thinking."  I am going to use that as my mantra for a while.  I really enjoyed reading your blog and looking at your instruments.  You're on to something, man.

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