Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Forging Ahead

We've just reached the £2,000 mark on our Indiegogo campaign. There's only one month left to go, so please, please help us spread the word and raise donations.

Today we were really lucky to have a visit from Chris Nicholson. Chris is a classical guitarist and music therapist living in Rwanda. He's the regional representative for Musicians Without Borders, which works in conflict-affected areas to build peace and reconciliation through music. He's just returned from working in Azerbaijan and Kosovo. 

Chris Nicholson

He came to check out the Kigali Keys project and we went on a tour of the foundry. This will be the birthplace of our first string frame, where Alex will purify recycled iron to pour into the mould we make from Lirika.

We had a chat to Alex about the amount of iron that would be needed. This is one of the most difficult points - whether the forge will be large enough to melt the amount of metal needed for a piano frame. Doing some nifty calculations between kilograms and stone, we reckon it'll be okay. Everything rests on being able to forge a solid string frame. Without it, there is no piano.

Alex Explaining the Process
The metal goes into the hole in the top, then it's heated until it melts. Chemicals are added to purify the iron and make it strong. Then the whole thing tips forward and pours the molten metal into a mould on the floor.

On Monday, I'm heading over to Kigali Music School with Chris to meet the director and take a look at their piano. We're exploring the possibility of teaching students how to tune.

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