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We wrote about Dennis Havlena back in 2005 and I thought it was time for an update. The instruments are still great, but now we have video of a lot of them being played. Check out the collection of homemade instruments by Dennis Havlena

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.



  1. pmjett says:

    I ran across this gentlemen myself in 2005, and got a copy of his plans CD of. The hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes are awesome. I hope to make the time to try the hurdy-gurdy out (I might actually be able to play it) Definitely check it!

  2. Dennis Havlena says:

    Just to say that my webpage of making simple musical instruments is now at a new home:
    Dennis Havlena

  3. Devehf says:

    Anyone try to make the Tamboura on Dennis’ site? I would like to make this out of cheaper and more readily available guitar strings. Thinking about modifying the design to be a 3′ neck instead.

    Or I could get some strings here: