For those on your holiday gift list who enjoy spending time in their own private workshops making useful things, David Erick Nelson has produced a very cool new book called “Junkyard Jam Band: DIY Musical Instruments and Noisemakers” ( http://www.nostarch.com).

This comprehensive guidebook gives detailed instructions on how to construct more than a dozen different instruments to produce noise and/or music, ranging from a Slinkiphone and Scratchbox to a nifty Robo-Tiki String-Steeled Ukulele. Guaranteed thousands of hours of fun and challenge for those who love do-it-yourself projects.

Junkyard Jam Band – Gotta Love It!