Beginning the Kantele Construction Process

Image of John and Dave Rueckert reviewing kantele plans.

John and Dave Rueckert reviewing possible kantele construction plans.
(Photo by Susie Engle)

I had many questions about how to proceed with the process of constructing my kantele because I had limited woodworking experience and limited access to personally owned woodworking tools. I researched the Internet for information, acquired basic kantele plans, and observed Kantele examples. I asked several acquaintances if it would be possible to loan or use their tools. My brother John Rueckert and friend Charlie Engle agreed to allow me access to their tools, so I knew I could proceed with the project. My brother would also provide help with sawing and drilling as we used his tools, and Charlie helped as I drilled the zither pin holes.