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Cigar Box alternatives

Started this discussion. Last reply by placebo Jun 27, 2014. 6 Replies

I am getting increasing demand for  my workshops making simple cigar box diddley bows. in UK at least the cigar boxes are getting harder to find and more expensive.  I have had some success using…Continue

 

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Phil Thomas replied to Phil Thomas's discussion Bow for cigar box fiddle in the group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"Thanks friend...I'll try the trimmer cord!"
May 23, 2017
Order99 replied to Phil Thomas's discussion Bow for cigar box fiddle in the group Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more
"  Well, I used the old Medieval woodcuts for inspiration and designed a bow like that once...it was just a strong and springy limb bent and notched, with a large diameter piece of nylon Trimmer cord tied end to end.  I have no idea if it…"
May 23, 2017
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Bow for cigar box fiddle

Hi everyone. Help please.Mostly I make diddley bows but recently I acquired a box that lends itself to a fiddle so I built a one-string cigar box fiddle. So far so good. However, I want to make a small bow to play the instrument (I would prefer not to use a store-bought bow if at all possible). Does anyone have experience of doing this or suggestions for what I can do? I think i can manage the wooden part but what can I use as an alternative to horsehair? Any suggestions welcome.ThanksPhilSee More
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Cigar Box Fiddles - Plans, ideas, tips & more

Idea trading post for bowed instruments. Share photos and tips of fiddles and whatnot that you've built, acquired or seen.See More
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"Well sir, I've read Justin Johnson's forward, the introduction and the first two chapters.. Very entertaining and informative! I expect to read the rest of it soon. Thank you Mr Thomas for the fine book about one string instruments."
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A short video to announce the publication of my FREE e-book about the evolution of the Diddley Boy at https://homemadeblues.wordpress.com/e-book/ 'It's Been A Long, Hard Road - how the diddley bow got here...AND STAYED' Genuinely FREE...no sign ups…
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"I'm also working on a book about the origin of the diddley bow due out in spring 2017. I'll let you know how it develops. Phil Cardiff"
Aug 28, 2016
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"Hi guys Been away from the nation for a while due to work but now happily retired! Time to get back building. Phil Cardiff"
Aug 28, 2016
Phil Thomas replied to Mike's discussion Build questions in the group Diddley Bows and Other Primitives
"Hi Mike Check out www.alibaba.com and search for 'wooden broom handles' ...really cheap! Phil"
Mar 11, 2015
Phil Thomas replied to Mike's discussion Build questions in the group Diddley Bows and Other Primitives
"Hi Mike I've been doing workshops with kids for a while now. Cigar boxes are the way to go, I find. For the necks I use 24mm dia broom handles source pretty cheaply from eBay (I get them in 10s or 20s which keeps the cost down). Similarly with…"
Mar 9, 2015
Phil Thomas replied to Alex Rigby's discussion Introducing myself in the group The Brits are coming
"Happy New Year and Welcome, Alex. I'm based in South Wales (Penarth)...as Chipfat says...where are you? Phil"
Jan 2, 2015
Phil Thomas commented on Shane Speal shanespeal.com's group Diddley Bows and Other Primitives
"Looking good Gary. Well done!"
Jul 24, 2014
Phil Thomas commented on smojo's group The Brits are coming
"Hi Placebo...I'm Penarth based too...small world. Leave me a message and maybe we can hook up sometime? Phil"
Jun 27, 2014

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Cigar Box Alternatives

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 5:42am 5 Comments

I am getting increasing demand for  my workshops making simple cigar box diddley bows. in UK at least the cigar boxes are getting harder to find and more expensive.  I have had some success using cardboard boxes intended for computer keyboards. Anybody got other suggestions?

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Posted on October 26, 2013 at 4:56am 2 Comments

Thanks for your comments Wolf...I must apologise to all for the spell checker on my ipad which stubbornly refuses to accept what I type and insists on saying what it thinks I meant to say...In my reply to Ian I was, of course, referring to building a Canjo not a 'cannon',...DOH!

Greetings from Wales

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 10:09am 4 Comments

Hi everyone.

Glad to be here. I am Phil Thomas from Penarth, near Cardiff in South Wales, UK. Approaching 60 years of age of which 45 have been as a musician, singer and storyteller performing all over the world. Now in semi retirement I work part time on a variety of arts and music projects. By academic persuasion I am an ethnomusicologist. In the summer of 2012 I spent six weeks in the USA on a research fellowship where I met a CBG busker in New Orleans. From then on I was pretty much… Continue

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At 10:54pm on March 24, 2014, Scruggy said…

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At 12:42pm on February 6, 2014, Teddy Richards said…

Thank's for the warm welcome Phil.

At 10:11am on November 24, 2013, Pete Turner said…

Hi Phil,

Thanks for adding me to your friends list. Good to know CBG's are popular in Wales. I'm making some to sell at a local Xmas flea market and if that goes well more craft/flea markets in 2014. I love the idea of using a Jack Daniels bottle. I'm almost finished with a Wild Turkey & plan on using it.

 
 
 

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