Kovac Pine Harp Plans

John Kovac Harps by Davy C

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Using our full plans set, build your own original John Kovac model Pine Harp, a 26 String Paraguayan-styled folk harp.  

The Pine Harp plans are a complete set of plans with full-sized, cut-out templates & assembly instructions and include a supplemental instructional DVD format to assist in your harp's assembly. The DVD also has a section on tuning and playing by ear.

Plans-only sets do not come with wood, strings, hardware or surface finishes. However, we include a list of materials needed including a list of suppliers where one might get strings, string tuning mechanisms, hardware, wood, etc.

However, while we no longer provide new kit strings & hardware, we provide replacement strings, string sets & string tuning machines for pre-existing harps.


The Pine Harp's Description

This original Kovac model Pine Harp is a Paraguayan-inspired, lightweight & compact 26-string folk harp for the DIYs on a budget but, want to get into harping inexpensively, and sooner than later.

The Pine Harp is based on using widely available, ordinary, or higher quality pine.  Be sure there are no holes or knots that might fall out later & weaken the critical structure of the harp.

This is a relatively fast and very easy project to get a harp student, beginning adult or child, up and running, playing the harp with very little upfront expense or investment into uncertain, future musicians.

The Pine Harp's strings are a bit lighter in string tension & closer spacing. 

The harp's scale starts at its low C and ends about 3.5 Octaves above it (G).

The harp is very simple to put together & can be assembled in about a day or so using basic hand tools after the wood has been cut & finished. Surface finishing could take a day or two longer, depending on your chosen finish & method of application. Stringing and tuning will take a day longer.


See John Kovac's classic Pine Harp Demo Video #1 on YouTube.

Here is Demo Video #2.


The Pine Harp requires the following components, parts & pieces:

    • Wood for Sides, Neck, Pillar, Top & Bottom Plates, Soundboard, etc.
    • Surface Finishes (stains, paint, lacquer, etc.)
    • 26 Nylon Mono-filament Strings
    • 26 String Beads (for knots)
    • 26 Sound Board String Grommets
    • 26 String Tuning Machines for Standard Acoustic Guitars
    • All Necessary Hardware per plans
    • 2 Rubber Feet with Screws
    • 1 String Winder
    • Custom Neck String Threader
    • Electronic Note e-Tuners are highly recommended. (It is not a good idea to use a piano to tune your harp.)


    26 String Pine Harp Plans:


    Example of Pine Harp:



    • Also, Go to Davy's Harp Resources for resources to build your harp.
    • Note: These plans are offered in their as-is, original & historic format. Some easy, linear extrapolation of the templates may be required at a few points. See our notice here.


    For plans for the traditional John Kovac 22, 29 & 36 String Paraguayan-style folk harps, see his classic, DIY harp-making book, Harpmaking Made Simple.


    If you make a mistake on your Kovac harp creation, even if not caused by us, please, notify us right away and we will see how we can help you to complete your harp anyway. You never know how we might be able to help you, which is our goal; for you to be successful in your harp building & playing! We won't abandon you in your harp building process after the purchase, either. Let's work together!