Watch this man turn a carrot into a clarinet before your very eyes. And it actually sounds pretty good…

29 July 2015, 12:44 | Updated: 5 January 2017, 17:04

Carrot clarinet

Linsey Pollak is an Australian musician and musical instrument maker who has made a name for himself by making instruments out of practically anything. So when he gave a TED talk in Sydney back in 2014, obviously, the audience wanted a demonstration.

Here’s the carrot

Quite far from a clarinet at this point…

Carrot clarinet 

And here’s Linsey making some holes in the carrot.

Starting to look a bit less carrot-like… but no more clarinet-like.

Carrot clarinet | Linsey Pollak | TEDxSydney



That funnel is a game-changer. We see where he’s going with this. But it’s still missing…

Carrot clarinet | Linsey Pollak | TEDxSydney


A mouthpiece!

It’s a clarinet! Of course it is, we always had faith.

Carrot clarinet | Linsey Pollak | TEDxSydney


But what does it sound like?

You can listen and watch the whole jaw-dropping transformation here:


Wow, I want to go home and make musical instruments out of all my vegetables. An aubergine-trumpet? A courgette cello? The possibilities are endless.

Linsey has also made a bassoon out of a garden hose and bagpipes out of a rubber glove – go to his YouTube channel for more.