The Gyrophone is a childrens musical toy hand-crafted from colourful, tropical hardwoods to contrast the current trend toward plastic and pine toys.
The overall brief was to create a highly finished, robust children's toy. The brief I set myself within that was "Visual Sound" - to help children see how music can be formed.
Loosely based upon a miniature music box, the Gyrophone encompasses self-crafted xylophone parts and a rotating barrel with removable pegs. These allow users to re-arrange the pattern and so change the melody.
This toy also comes supplied with a music book with familiar nursery rhymes already transposed for the Gyrophone.