Varras

Picture showing a lableled varras

Varras Diagram (Photo by Susie Engle)

Kanteles have a metal bar called a varras that the strings are attached to at one end of the instrument. After looking at several kantele plans and instrument examples, I determined I would use a 5/16” width metal rod for the varras of my instrument. A 36 inch long steel rod was purchased at Home Depot. This was a lot more than needed for my short 5” varras, but was the best option we could find. I have enough left over for about six more kanteles of this size.

Picture of sparks flying from the grinding wheel while beveling the end of the metal rod used for the varras

Sparks fly from the grinding wheel while beveling the end of the metal rod used for the varras

The varras was cut to correct length with a hacksaw. Burrs were removed and the edges smoothed and beveled with a grinding wheel. The entire varras was cleaned and shined up with silicone carbide sandpaper.

Picture of Finnished Varras - cut, beveled, and shined up next to original steel bar

Finnished Varras – cut, beveled, and shined up next to dirty, original steel bar

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