Back in 1999, Jon Hall put together a great site on the hurdy-gurdy. The core of this is a photographic diary showing the construction of his hurdy-gurdy by British maker, Mike Gilpin. An interesting look at the stages of making a hurdy-gurdy.
“What have I learned whilst having my instrument made? Well I guess that the most important thing is that actaully seeing your own gurdy being built from week to week is a wonderful thing. I would recommend that if possible, you should make an effort to go and see what your maker is doing. Not to chase them up, not to hurry them along but just to see what is happening. For those of us who have trouble putting a shelf up straight, seeing a pile of wood turn into a hurdy-gurdy is almost miraculous.
If you have a good relationship with your maker (as I would like to think I have with Mike) then it is easy to ask questions and perhaps (as we did) agree on little changes and modifications that you might like.”