Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Morin Khurr Plan

Okay.  You asked for it.

Lately I'm being inundated with requests for information about the morin khurr I put together several years ago. Every week there's at least one email from someone - all ages, from all walks of life, and from around the world.

Let's be clear. I'm not an expert in traditional morin khurr construction. I built only one, using techniques borrowed from guitar making. It's playable and the owner is very pleased with it.
There was no resource material available to me when I began the project, and I scaled the dimensions up from a photograph I found online. As luck would have it they were very close to those I later measured when I got my hands on an authentic instrument.

So far, of the many people who have contacted me about building them, I've only seen one person follow through and complete a morin khurr (it was amazing). 

I'm not going to teach you luthiery via email. It's just too difficult. If you're the inquisitive kind of person who wants to build an instrument you need to develop self-reliance and trust your instincts. I'm providing the basic dimensions but I'm leaving details and construction techniques up to the builder. This should be enough information for people with some experience building guitars, violins, or other stringed instruments to get started on a plan of their own. (Click on the image to enlarge and then you can right-click to save to your computer).

Total Length:  41.5"    1054mm
Width at bottom of box: 11-1/8"   282.5mm
Width at top: 8"   203mm
Box length: 12-1/14"   311mm
Neck, nut to body: 17-7/8"    452mm
String Length: nut to bridge: 22-5/16"  566mm
Neck width at body: 24mm 
Neck width at nut: 22 mm
Neck thickness: 22mm at nut tapers to 30mm at place where curve begins
Fingerboard thickness: 4mm (neck is flush with body plane, board is above it)
Nut height: 16mm to bottom of string
Bridge height: 35mm
Tailpiece length: 6"  150mm
Side depth: 92mm (no taper)
Plate thickness at edge:  4.5-5mm
rounded corner blocks inside
Top arching at the bridge rises to about 8mm
Soundpost about 7mm diameter
String spacing: 19mm at nut,  30mm at bridge. (outside edge to outside edge)