Learn how to build your own handcrafted instrument!
A kalimba, also known as a thumb piano, is an instrument consisting of a wooden base with metal tines laid upon it. Players use their thumbs to pluck the tines to create some beautiful music. If you've ever wanted to make your own musical instrument, The Forge is the perfect place to start! Learn how to craft a beautiful kalimba with nothing more than up-cycled materials and basic woodworking skills. No experience or special equipment is necessary - we'll provide all the tools and guidance to help you create a one-of-a-kind instrument.
Tools used in this Maker Workshop include wood, wood glue, drills and fastening hardware. Skills used include alignment/measurement, drilling/gluing and material exploration.
This workshop will be held at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on January 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 22, 24, 25, 26 and 27.
Forge Workshops are included with Museum admission. Advance registration is required and can be done in person at the Guest Services desk or by talking with a Forge Facilitator. Click below to purchase your tickets to the Museum.
Maker Workshops are 45-minute experiences led by Forge Facilitators. These project-based workshops result in a take-home item and are limited to 12 participants. All participants in this workshop must be 8 years or older. Participants under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Check our daily schedule for Maker Workshops occurring during your visit.