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Harp Making Blogs

Help for the Harp Do-It-Yourself-er

Publicado por Davy Clark en

Some of our harp kit customers are first or second time woodworkers. What this means is they have never built a wood project before nor ever held a job at any time in any woodworking capacity. However, too, a number are experienced hobbyists or are amateur Luthiers, experienced in not only woodworking but in musical instrument making.  This particular blog post is directed to first time or occasional hobbyists with limited woodworking skills and experience. More specifically, when we inexperienced need help, these days we have the Internet to help us. Many highly qualified woodworkers can be found on YouTube,...

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Naming & Painting your own harp?

Publicado por Davy Clark en

Did you know a tradition in North America involves harpists naming their harps, much like naming a pet? Have you considered naming your own harp(s)? Yep, that is right, harps, plural. Many folks own several favorite harps and similar stringed instruments.  For instance, I own a pre-made mountain dulcimer. For my own self, I made a 22 string music therapy lap harp; made a 22 string lyre (& have a similar 2nd one on the bench right now). I made a Kovac model 36 String Paraguayan harp; made a 26 string Kovac model Harpune. And, just yesterday finished another 26...

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STRING TUNING?

Publicado por Davy Clark en

Most first time harp makers or players are a bit shocked to learn that tuning up their harp for the first time requires a significant amount to time spent tuning their instrument. And, this not only applies to harps but to any stringed instrument.  What I mean is musical instrument strings, depending on the string material used (metal, natural gut, nylon, etc.), will resist expanding or more likely for nylon, will loosen & stretch excessively each time they are tightened. However and thankfully, over time during frequent tuning, the string will eventually keep its stretch & subsequent pitch (i.e., 'tuning')....

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WHAT IS DIY (DO-IT-YOURSELF)?

Publicado por Davy Clark en

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is defined as an untrained person creating or doing something that in the past was assumed could only be done by professionally trained individuals in any *esoteric field or endeavor. * Esoteric defined:  adj. Intended for or understood by only a small group, especially one with specialized knowledge or interests. synonym: mysterious. adj. Relating to or being a small group with specialized knowledge or interests. For instance, several times over the last couple of years our name brand, electrical clothes dryer broke down, needing repair. But, I simply did not want to pay the extreme pricing for a "trained" technician to...

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