Friday, January 24, 2014

Dormer Frange Gate

I enjoy many styles of music from bluegrass to classical and lots in between.  I have been following dormer for a year or so now and love the creativity of their music.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Kazoos Down Under in Australia - Warranambool Ukulele Group

From time to time I have had the pleasure of making kazoos for performing groups ranging from 15 for ladies Folk Instrument Orchestra with the Daughter's of the American Revolution Chapter up home in South Carolina two 25 for the Kids Church Kazoo Choir at a church here in Florida. Those are always fun to make! 

This morning I also want to send a huge Welcome to The Workshop to a few of the members of Warranambool Ukulele Group down under in Australia. This week I will have Paula, Pam, Marianne, Annie, Ray and Victor visiting the workshop as I make their kazoos!  A beautiful assortment of FatBoy designs.

Paula is a returning Aswego Kazooist for a Pocket FatBoy to go with her Performer FatBoy! The only thing better than a wooden folk kazoo is more than one!

Happy Kazooing and Cheers!


Be sure and check out this great festival these guys just held. Sure looks like a great time was had by all!!!

This is just plain old great!!! :-)

Sunday, January 19, 2014


This marks our seventh year here on the Aswego Homestead and hosting the website.  The real life Aswego Homestead is located out in the country on five acres of beautiful Florida woodland at Lake Seneca, Florida.   

The purple plaque you see in the picture above is one that I cast in a portland cement mix and hand painted our first year on the homestead.  It hangs by the front door.  The tree started out as a doodle I was drawing this morning waiting on the sun to warm the morning freezing cold.  I was really pleased with the end results and was working on a monthly website update.  So I decided to make this the new Aswego Homestead Icon for the website!  

The website is home to both the Kazoo Factory and Homestead Music. Be sure and stop by the website for a look around.

Hope everyone is staying warm and safe in this cold weather.  
Happy Kazooing,

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Don't forget National Kazoo Day 2014 is just around the corner and there's still time to celebrate with a beautiful handmade wooden folk kazoo from the Original American Wooden Folk Kazoo Factory!

In celebration of National Kazoo Day I am very happy to announce a 10% Discount on all kazoos in my ArtFire Shop.  

At Check Out just enter:  

Discount Code : KAZOODAY 

This discount code is valid through 01/31/14
One use per customer.

Happy Kazooing and Happy National Kazoo Day 2014
Doc Kazoo
Great Aswego Kazoo Factory

Friday, January 3, 2014



Well it's hard to believe that another year has past and a new one just starting.  After being around for 63 New Year Days now they seem to come and go much faster each year.  2012 just seemed to fly by!  Today has been our coldest of the year and I was forced to keep the workshop closed.  After over ten decades of use and abuse this old kazoo maker just can't handle the cold.  I remember many years ago being told by an orthopedic surgeon that when I turned 60 I would pay for all the fun I was having. LOL  He was right. LOL  It was just too cold in the workshop to make kazoos today.

So I was sitting around playing a little guitar and ukulele, humming a little kazoo and thinking about all the really nice people I had the pleasure of meeting last year while making their kazoos.  It sure was a lot of fun for me and I hope it was just as much fun for everyone.  From the feedback I have received it seems that it was and every one really enjoyed watching the video updates while I was making their kazoos.  I am so appreciative of the very positive comments that I have received from everyone about their visits to the workshop. Since deciding to offer my kazoos online my goal has been to always be more than just a website with a shopping cart and to create unique performer quality traditional handmade wooden folk kazoos. This will always be my goal.

I wish it were possible to thank each one of you individually and in person for allowing me the pleasure of making your kazoos last year and to share with you the old fashioned Carolina Style of folk kazoo making.  I just wish it were possible to include in a video the beautiful smell of the workshop.  In my mind there is no prettier smell than a woodworking shop. 

I would also like to thank the Ukulele Players and Ukulele Groups around the world for the warm welcome you have given me and my kazoos.  I don't believe I have met a finer group of people anywhere at any time of my life.  I love people that know how to have fun and I have yet to meet a ukulele player who wasn't superb at the art of having fun!  And thanks to those of you have helped the novice ukulele player discover the beauty of our humble instruments.  There is truly no better combination than the ukulele and kazoo for having fun!!!

Don't forget that National Kazoo Day 2014 is just around the corner!  Get those kazoos all tuned up and ready to celebrate!!!

Be sure and stop by the Kazoo Factory Facebook Page often to see what's going in the workshop.  I never know what will be going on from day to day. 

NEW! 11" Buskers Collaboration Kazoo UNDER CONSTRUCTION NOW

May each of you have a great 2014!
Happy Kazooing!