Building a Circularsawrus

Building a Circularsawrus with Jim Sharrock

Building a Circularsawrus | 8-12 years
With Jim Sharrock

Tuesday 4:30-6pm

29 October – 3 December 2019

Do you want to build strange instruments such as rubber glove bagpipes, thongophones and tin can guitars? Enjoy playing with the physics of sound? Dream of performing in a quirky orchestra? What exactly is a Circularsawrus? This workshop series is an extension of a collaborative project between the Gryffin Ensemble, Belconnen Arts Centre, artists and the community, originally taking place at the end of 2018. The project was wildly successful and engaged many members of the community, and now it’s opening up kids interested in music who are looking for a stimulating project to do in the afternoons. Every week, participants will learn how to construct and play a new instrument from the wind, brass, percussion and string families. There will also be flexibility for people to construct more complex instruments over several weeks. At the end of term, participants will join the Circularsawrus band for a honking concert.

About Jim Sharrock

Jim Sharrock

Jim Sharrock is a Canberra based musician and teacher. He currently performs for Musica Viva as part of the band Doctor Stovepipe who tour nationwide through schools. When not touring, Jim teaches in primary schools, runs music workshops and works on interesting music projects. The best project he’s worked on so far was called Circularsawrus, and that’s saying something, because Jim has worked on many amazing projects during the course of his 20-year career as a music educator and performer.


Building a Circularsawrus will involve six weeks of workshops. In that time participants will learn how to construct an instrument using common materials, either recycled or easily sourced at a trade shop. Participants will make harmonic whistles, foo foo pipes, flutes, rubber glove bagpipes, panpipes, thongophones, tin can guitars, drums and more. There will also be time to play the made instruments and to learn a simple tune or song for the participants’ enjoyment and for the final concert.



Some materials will be provided.

What to bring

Participants can bring any surplus or unwanted materials kept at home from the following list: PVC pipe (any diameter), electrical conduit, blue stripe pipe, irrigation pipe, black corrugated ag pipe (unslotted), tin cans (all sizes; the bigger the better), wooden dowel, broomstick handles, old guitar strings, rubber gloves, balloons and any foot-operated air pumps.


Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.

Terms and conditions

  • Refunds are available if requested at least one week (7 days) prior to the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Refunds requested within one week (7 days) of the commencement of the workshop(s) are only available in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by documentation (i.e. medical certificate).
  • No refunds will be given after the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Partial refunds are not available if you are unable to attend individual workshops that are part of a workshop series.

More info

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.