Check out this parsnip oboe, created by Rob Cruickshank for Musicwork' DIY in issue 111. The red pepper bell is optional according to Rob, but I, for one, consider it absolutely necessary! The search for new sounds and new creations has unearthed a cornucopia of root vegetables, peppers, and lemongrass—sure to delight the family and be a feast for your ears. A word of caution when attempting this DIY at home: temperature, saliva, vegetable quality, and a host of other factors make these instruments unpredictable. As with cooking, you’ll find that experimentation, improvisation, and a good dash of patience will yield the best results. --Andrea Warren, excerpted from Musicworks issue 110

Photo by: Adam Coish.