The Cuatro makers and their craft
...making the silent wood sing
A block print of an old country instrument maker hollowing out a blank for tiple. The print was a cover illustration for a grade school primer for kids published by DIVEDCO, the Division of Community Education of the Puerto Rican Department of Public Instruction in 1953
Listen to a seis con décima dedicated to cuatro makers.
A gift from the Cuatro Project:
Available here for free is a large 11 x 17 poster illustrating a photo sequence for the making of a modern cuatro, in a high-resolution Adobe Acrobat dowloadable file. It can be just viewed, or copied onto a CD and taken to a copy house for a large-format copy. (7.5 Meg).
You can also download here a sequential list in spreadsheet form of the steps, materials and equipment necessary for making a cuatro.
Index of native instrument artisans
the late, great maker from Juncos describes how he made his cuatros.
the great master maker-player has been making instruments for over 40 years.
the late maker told us how he made his cuatros.
The renown maker appeared in a newspaper article. Read about this great maker here. (not yet translated)
the Massachusetts instrument maker show us how he makes his "thin cuatros" in this foto sequence.
...and also how he makes a bordonúa grave.
The Art of Cuatro Inlay
of Maryland maker Roberto Rivera in a photo sequence