Rockin it Renaissance Style!

Grade 11 student Ben Kohut has been hard at work over the past few months building a “Hurdy Gurdy”… What the heck is a hurdy gurdy you ask? It is a renaissance era musical instrument that produces sound via a rotating roisened wheel that rubs and vibrates strings, similar to a violin… (

Why would he build one? … because he could!

What’s cool about this project (besides the fact it works!) is that Ben made this instrument using the technology in the TAA hall at West K. All the parts and components other than the strings and tuning pegs were made in our shops. All the woods pieces were cut using a laser cutter and the white plastic parts printed using a 3D printer.

Awesome work Ben!


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