I think homemade instruments are akin to camping. I knew a kid who made a ‘banjo’ out of a cigar box and what we called back then as ‘cat gut’ strings (not steel). In Jamaica I saw 50 gallon steel drums beaten by a ball peen hammer until the maker came up with a scale. Hitting it at the different areas could produce a very good scale and they could play them too.
Many Flutes have been made sitting around a camp fire. Whistles and flutes are among the top home made instruments.
Since my childhood, camping was part of my life. We went with Uncle Irvin and Aunt Bert to the Pisgah Forest of North Carolina for many years. Oh the stories I remember, at night around a camp fire. I guess it is those things that cause the fire to grow about being back to nature.
Funny back then we NEVER had a tent. the adults slept in the cars/trucks and the younger folk slept on picnic tables or the ground. I do not remember it ever raining to spoil our trip
My mama was good about starting a song on the right key, and we sand with her many nights.
As I grew older and Sherry and i started traveling, I have learned that music is a big part of Camping (RV’ing) life.
One park a guy had a key board and entertained everyone whether they wanted it or not. There were complaints. HE did not realize anyone would be offended.
The oddest instrument I have seen in a park was a Bass horn. In a park near Sarasota, every day for an hour or so a guy would huff and puff his big base horn. It is really hard to make out a song played on a bass.
The absolute most entertaining home made instrument was in the adjoining campsite once in the Shenandoah's.
The old man made the ‘Hammered Dulcimer’. I had heard of the instrument, but had never seen one. I had always pictured it as the steel drum in Jamaica. But it was altogether different. It is a stringed instrument played with small hammers, the strings are hit rather than plucked as a guitar. Our neighbor could make some good music. the Kids gather around as they always do to music, and he had them singing.
All stringed instruments are familiar at camp sites.
Thanks for coming this way.
1914 was the year to look like an Airplane
The 1914 Morgan above looks like it has jets.
1914 was the year of the plane car, evidently