Ancient Instruments by Weldon Gray
My interest in building and playing medieval instruments has been present most of my life. I have made a range of instruments from balalaikas to clarsachs and had a huge amount of fun creating Hurdy Gurdys. Even the name Hurdy Gurdy makes one smile.
However, making lutes has evolved into a real passion. Looking at the ‘Lute of Illusion’ almost makes you dizzy with the optical illusion created by using woods of different colors. The Lute I made is fashioned after the lutes of the Bosch family from the 1500’s. The original now resides in the Musée de la Musique in Paris France.
I would like to introduce a new member of Graylore Lutes, Kelly-Robyn Bellamy. She has joined me in the enchanting world of ancient instrument building and I am excited to officially welcome her.
Kelly-Robyn is an Architectural Technologist, having graduated from the Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formally known as SIAST) in Moose Jaw, SK.
She discovered her love for woodworking at the age of 10 from her father Gary Bellamy and family friend Ralph Wride. In 2009, she discovered one of her favorite tools is the scroll saw. In 2017, she was introduced to the Saskatchewan Wood Guild and enjoys being a member.
She has been building and playing ancient instruments with my supervision for the last 2 years and has become an integral part of Graylore Lutes.