A Workshop Guide to Building Irish Bouzoukis and Citterns
The Bouzouki Book is a comprehensive workshop manual on building Irish bouzoukis and citterns, it leads the builder step by step through the procedures and techniques involved in a building these instruments. It includes information on both flat and carved soundboards, fixed and floating bridges with two different methods of neck attachment and measurements for long and short scale four and five course instruments.
It was published in 2004 as a wire spiral-bound book with over 120 pages, with more than 200 photos and diagrams and a fold-out plan section with all the necessary templates as well as a forward by Andy Irvine. It is now produced by short-run digital printing distributed by Independent Publishers Groupin the US and Canada and available through Amazon and other book-sellers. The full size plans need to be downloaded separately here.
The Bouzouki Book is also available as an ebook (in a generic ePub format) for US$9.99 . The ebook that can be purchased through the PayPal button below comes as a zip folder that includes the plans as an extra pdf. Once the PayPal transaction is done you will be re-directed to a page with a link to the download, which is 6Mb.
A chapter on moulded soundboards has been omitted from the ebook and is available as a pdf download here for those interested.
The first chapter can be downloaded as a .pdf here and Andy Irvine's Forward can be downloadedhere