Kryachkivskiy Kobzar Guild
and Instrument Making
The Kryachkivskiy Kobzar Guild's mission is to revive the nearly lost kobzar tradition. All year round, students make their own instruments, mainly the kobza, bandura, and torban, but often the husli, hudok, and other folk instruments. During the several month process of making a fine instrument, students also begin learning to play their choice of instruments, and to sing songs from the traditional kobzar repertoire. Once completed, many students move on to "kobzar" around Ukraine, and often abroad. Over the past nine years, the guild has been conducting "kobzar camps" which are annual, two week courses in making and playing. Usually other experts in the field are invited to teach. The guild's workshop offers all the necessary resources such as tools and woods for construction. The guild constantly researches instruments from a handful of museums around Ukraine, to design better instruments. Students live in the "guild house" during their stay, basically a straw bale house, constructed as a living quarters, which also doubles as a music rehearsal and recording studio, as well as houses a collection of rare instruments.