Build a Period Instrument

This page includes both detailed instructions for building a Rebec (an early bowed instrument and predecessor to the violin) from scratch and a very thorough historical discussion of the instrument origins and charictoristics.
The Rebec kit built on this site differs from in its construction from the authors first instrument but is equally well illustrated.
The construction of a number of different "brass" instruments made primarily of wood are described. This includes the construction of the Squarepent, a flat sided veriant of the Serpent.