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Graeme McCormack

Download the Virtual Gurdy CAD file (STEP)

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Hurdy gurdy related projects 

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 Oud Backed Gurdy    2008-2010 

Henri 111 finished Jan 2013

 I have drawn up full plans for the Sinfonye,  the Grand French Edition Oud Back and Renaissance Hurdy Gurdy.  I have also fully 3D modeled the Grand French Edition Oud Back Hurdy gurdy. 

Feel free to download these plans/Cad file and construct the instruments. 

Email me if you need any advice.


~Happy building~



~The Henri~ 

A Renaissance Hurdy Gurdy

Plans were last updated  24-09-13

 I have drawn up plans for a Renaissance Henri III model. It is based on a trapezoidal hurdy gurdy from Paris circa 1750. Although the original didn't have 2 octaves on the key box. I have drawn them at A1 paper size (841mm x 594mm). There are 10 full size plan sheets to print out containg all the information needed to make one of these Renaissance hurdy gurdies. I have also written up construction information with photos to go with the plans

Click on the plan below, to be transported to the Henri 111 download page

Henri III Renaissance Hurdy Gurdy

The Henri gurdy  under construction September 2012

Henri 111 finished (Jan 2013)


Graeme McCormack  buskingat Salamanca markets -Hobart 2004

Cygnet folk festival 2015


 2003 - Playing a copy of

"Varguin guitar backed Vielle, Paris"

made by Charles Moller of Sydney

the allure of the Hurdy Gurdy

Drehleier, vielle a roue, Ghironda, Zanfona, Tekerolant

~Whatever your flavour~

Graeme and his Oud/Lute in 2011

photo by Fletcher McCormack

I also play lute and have adapted an old Syrian Oud to play like a renaissance 7-course Lute. I widened the neck and kept the same peg box. So instead of the traditional 13 strings for the 7 courses, I had to have a single low bass string as well as the single top chanterelle. To fit the 12 pegs of the Oud.

On a Breeze with Angels (Lute & whistle)


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