Artist, Musician, and Maker Ken Butler

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Artist, Musician, and Maker Ken Butler
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Ken Butler pumped out the jams all day long at World Maker Faire Saturday and Sunday, on his collection of hand designed hybrid instruments. It was truly amazing to hear the sounds he could get out of a one string golf club guitar or a tennis racquet violin.

Watch through to the end of the video for a mind blowing performance on a strip of dental dam that sounded like a cornet or tenor sax. Ken credits Stan Wood of Portland Oregon for invention of this instrument.

In addition to his performance chops, Ken is an accomplished maker and artist. Each instrument is and lovingly crafted from found objects.

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Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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