Kantele player Peter Widenmeyer from Germany has written a great five string kantele playing guide which can be downloaded for personal use.
Visit his website www.finnischekantele.de and also his You tube channel with over 20 kantele songs to learn!
For 10 to 19 string kantele players, we recommend the following book by Arja Kastinen and Pirjo Pirinen: In Visible Vibration - A Guidebook for the 11-string kantele (in English). Instructions for tuning and diverse playing techniques with the help of colour images. contains both traditional tunes from Finland and other European countries for kantele.
Although not neccesary on open bottomed knteles like the ones we produce, some customers like the look of a soundhole on their kantele, either a simple hole or a more intricate design. Below are examples of some of our designs: