As a folk musician, I studied the hurdy-gurdy, the ways of making them, the styles of playing them and slowly developed my own style of playing the instrument. I experimented with other instruments, but the hurdy-gurdy was the most interesting for me. Now I’ve been working with this instrument for over 30 years. The first instruments I made were copies of museum pieces. Then based upon my own and my colleagues’ experiences, I began “modifying” the instruments in order to live up to modern expectations of quality. These modifications are done without sacrificing the traditional form and decoration; basically from the outside they cannot be detected.