Bobby Pin Kalimbe

 

My instrument is called the Bobby Pin Kalimbe. My mom and I first glued the piece of wood that the bobby pins rest on to the soundboard. My dad and I rounded the holes in the small board so that I could screw the wood screws in, which would keep the bobby pins in tune.

The first time my mom, dad and I tried to make the really small piece of wood, it cracked. The second try the board broke again. The third try the board didn't crack because my dad drilled the holes. My mom helped by keeping the bobby pins up so my dad could drill the board, and she told me what to do.

When I made the Bobby Pin Kalimbe, I used 9 bobby pins, 3 16ths inch of plywood, 3/8 and inch of hardwood, 4 inches of hardwood, glue and wood screws.

You produce sound by plucking it. If you want to make the dynamics loud, all you have to do is pluck it hard, and if you wanted to make it quieter, all you have to do is pluck it softer. If you want to make the pitch high, you have to pluck the smaller bobby pins. If you want to make the pitch lower you have to pluck the longer ones. I would say the timbre would be clink, because when you play it it sounds sort of clinky.