Thought I'd better introduce myself.
I'm Ed, currently living in Devon by the sea. I started playing guitar in 1987 and have been playing various instruments ever since, these days mostly fiddle and mandola. I think I can date my desire to play the hurdy gurdy to about 1993, and a week ago (today) I finally got my first one.
It needed (and still needs) a little tweaking, but I've built and restored fiddles and repaired harps, so I'm fairly confident about my ability to do the work, provided I can figure out what actually needs doing. I'm sure that I'll flood the boards with newbie questions over the coming months, so I hope you'll all bear with me.
I also have the idea of building a really simple basic hurdy gurdy - probably more of a symphonie - for my four-year-old son. He loves music and mechanical things, so an instrument that's sounded by turning a handle appeals to him enormously, and making him one of his own might be the only way I can stop him playing mine! Never mind the flamed maple and specialist glues, this one's going to be built of plywood and screws - it's more important for it to survive the ravages of a 4 year old and his little sister than for it to sound great (though come Christmas, she's going to have a harp of her own to destroy if Father Christmas get's her letter...).
I've started a musical blog where I'll occasionally post info about my progress, both with playing my hrudy gurdy and building my son's: http://www.tomorrowfox.blogspot.com
Thanks for listening