The Japanese shakuhachi (flute) is not a particularly complex device - not much more than a length of bamboo with 5 holes drilled in it. Might be kind of easy to make one, don't you think? Well at least if you can see what you are doing. In this 11 minute documentary video
, meet Kelvin Falconer, who makes shakuhachi from bamboo growing on his property in New Zealand, but who must do so completely by touch (and ear), as he is blind.
posted by woodblock100
on Jan 11, 2013 -
The Life of Shelton Doyle Blalock,
Everyday American. Doyle Blalock was a son, submariner, husband, mailman, father, gardener, rockhound, artisan, grandfather, and friend: a regular guy with a remarkable life. What makes him particularly remarkable, though, is that his grandson, Lance Dean
, created such a thorough record of his life to share with the internet, from Doyle's childhood
in Golden Grove, Mississippi, his service as a sailor during World War II
, his return to Mississippi and marriage to the lovely Lodena Alexander
, to his post-retirement vocation as an artisan, creating "sand paintings"
and demonstrating his art
. (Links are to images out of context. See the first link for descriptions.) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Jul 2, 2010 -