In a third post and as I still relive this nuanced history that I used to study so much, these are the design that looks like the one I have. These gurdys are larger but with less strings. The man on the right here was a farmer and musician. I have the CD that reflects over his life with the gurdy. Here again these designs seem so remarkable to me. I just cannot quite get over the look of this peculiar instrument that has almost no presence in American music.
There is one instance where Sting lightly plays a French gurdy (yes, there are still about two more distinct design categories of gurdys) in a music video with Alison Krauss. I continue to try to find and create new points of intersect between history and the experimental music we study here.