This is a gift that I made for Aleena, my sister-in-law. It is called an mbira, or karimba, or thumb piano. You pluck the metal things and it sounds like bells. I discovered this instrument in Africa and they made theirs with old umbrella stays. So I decided to make one myself.
First I made a small box with wood and cut a hole in the center for a more vibrant sound. For the metal pieces I cut up an old lawn rake, then I screwed a metal bar across all of them. Then, I made the artwork around the hole with a wood burner. 

I really like how it turned out and I am thinking about making more in the future.
12/29/2013 11:10:30 am

how do you play it?

12/30/2013 05:37:37 am

I don't know how to explain it... Here is a video of someone playing an mbira:


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