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    Ryan Kurczak

    Community Spotlight Here’s a video by my great gurdy friend, Ryan Kurczak, who does the Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Podcast with co-host, Sergio Gonzalez. Ryan and Sergio bring us interviews with well-known members of the hurdy gurdy community and a wide variety of music. Ryan maintains an awesome website for hurdy gurdy enthusiasts, https://hurdygurdycafe.com/

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    Jaap Brand

    Jaap Brand describes how the Nerdy Gurdy came to be. By Jaap Brand A few years ago, I took up the idea of building my own Hurdy Gurdy. Now, I’m not much of a craftsman, so that might be a disadvantage. I am, however, a highly experienced mechanical engineer. My normal field is designing equipment for the high-tech industry, with customers around Europe, Japan and Silicon Valley in the US. So, I thought: why not use the tools of the trade and create a Hurdy Gurdy using modern rapid prototyping technology; Laser Cutting and 3D printing? Would it be possible to create an instrument that is inexpensive to build, and…

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    Sergio Gonzalez

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrmjK6fXlEVlvRFp5JLh0SA Sergio Gonzalez comes from the Catalonia region of Spain but his appeal in the Nerdy Gurdy community, and the much larger hurdy gurdy community in general, is world-wide. He is best known as one of the premiere (and SUPER fun) hurdy gurdy teachers and he reaches thousands of players through his YouTube channel and his own website (above), as well as being an active member of most hurdy gurdy interest forums on the internet. Sergio is a life-long musician, having been a classical pianist for 25 years and counting. He first saw a hurdy gurdy when he was only 6 years old, at a festival in a very small…

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    My Journey to the Land of Nerdy

    My Journey to the Land of Nerdy I’ve owned a laser cutter for a few years and have used it to entertain myself and my friends with a wide variety of eclectic and often weird “art” pieces that I’ve designed and built but never really hit on my niche… …Until one day when my daughter-in-law posted a picture of a laser cut toy model of a hurdy gurdy, thinking that it might be something for me to make. My other daughter-in-law saw it and went kind of crazy because she had always wanted a hurdy gurdy. Other than one line in an old song, I had never heard of a…