THE CRYSTAL WORKSHOP
The crystal workshop is located at Mine Cristal, the crystal sanctuary, where a natural energy vortex is created by the presence of a giant quartz vein and large quantities of quartz crystals underground. Here, crystal artisans conceive, create and make products composed of pure silica and quartz crystals.
In 1989 we began producing handmade jewelry and crystal wishing trees, using rough crystals from our mine. In 2000, Gaudry Normand created the crystal didgeridoo and began producing this new instrument. In 2011, after more than 12 years of research and development, Gaudry invented the Quartzophone® crystal harp and began to produce and market this divine new instrument.
The crystal didgeridoo
The didgeridoo is a member of the horn family of musical instruments, an instrument that has its origins in Australias. Since 2000, a new crystal didgeridoo is now being handmade in our crystal workshop; it contains a highly elastic material containing mostly silica (more than 80% SiO2). This elasticity, along with the unique shape of the instrument, gives the crystal didgeridoo the ability to resonate and amplify a wide spectrum of sonorities.
Quartzophone instruments are made exclusively here in the crystal workshop. We make the H2 (crystal harp), the L1 (crystal lyre) the Solo, the Duo, and others. These instruments are available as both standard models and custom-made instruments. The pure quartz crystal tubes (99.9% SiO2) that compose these instruments have a unique, crystaline timbre and a celestial sound.
The extraordinary sound of Quartzophone instruments is based on our patented system. This unique mechanism is composed of several elements, including tension-adjusting keys or screws, two continuous strings in an angular, zigzag pattern and slender metal pins specifically designed to support the strings and the tubes. This allows the tubes to oscillate freely – even while they remain exactly centred between the pins – creating a pure, divine sound!
Quartzophone Solo and Duo
These are our two newest instruments, which we began making in 2013. They are Quartzophone instruments composed of one or two tubes. They have the same patented mechanisms as the H2 an thed L1. Pure crystal tubes (99.9% SiO2 ) are mounted on a transparent acrylic stand. Like our other models, they are perfectly and permanently tuned. The Duo is the binaural model. They come in a custom-made box designed to protect them during shipping or while traveling.
Crystal artisans at work
The crystal workshop at Mine Cristal is a space devoted to creation, development and production. In the shop, our crystal artisans design and produce unique products on specialized equipment. Each instrument is signed by its creator and inventor, Gaudry Normand. He is always working on new crystalline instruments.
See photos of the crystal workshop.
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