It took three day-trips, but they successfully harvested large bamboo appropriate for export to temperate climes. I stayed home, but there were tales of our distant cousin falling down the steep hill, an albino snake, and having to find ever more skilled bamboo-climbers to hack this stuff down from the thick and oblique stand.
After a day of drying Gedung chopped them into more workable lengths and set them in the hot Sulawesian sun to dry.
I scrubbed the dry mud and mold with soap and stood them up to dry. Another day passed before Kosil tried his hand at drafting the keys.
Those are great lengths of PVC pipe for resonators. We prefer bamboo for aesthetic and economic reasons, but the type used for resonators invariably suffers in temperate climates. There are also great lengths of wood for the frame.
Gedung examines hand-chiseled legs. I exclaimed that's way too long and Terip batted me away humorously. Eventually he came over and marked the long piece to be cut down.
Stay tuned for a video and sound sample of the finished instrument!
|Harvested bamboo with sandals for scale|
|Kosil, left, gets some idle suling making done while the other Balinese chat.|
|Low register keys are very quiet without a matching resonator!|
|The fundamental is determined by the ratio of length to thickness|
|The first octave|
|Planing wood for the frame|
|That's way too long!|