John Kovac Harps by Davy C

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This is the classic, must-have John Kovac DIY harp-making book. Using this book, you can make your own 22, 29, or 36 String Kovac Paraguayan-style Folk Harp!

In this historic book:

  • If you know how to use a drill press, circular saw, jigsaw, router & optional power sander, you can make your own harp from scratch in about a week or so for the largest harp. Smaller harps may take a bit less time. 
  • Plans are included for the Paraguayan-style of the folk harp which is known for their ease of play with a bit narrower string spacing with light to moderate tension and lighter weight & overall smaller sizes compared with similar stringed, Celtic folk harps. And, most importantly, these harps' musical tones offer clear treble with firm bass.
  • Plans include detailed, step-by-step instructions, lists of materials and size specifications, etc., harp history and some harp-making techniques & discussion, etc.
  • Plans include pull out full-size pages of templates for each size of harp (22, 29, & 36 Strings). Pages will need to be pulled or cut out and some taped together. 
  • Full measurements are included so you don't have to rely on just the templates.
  • Large 8 x 14-inch book printed in black & white.
  • The book includes pictures of the harp-making process and shared photo examples of harps made by others who have followed this book.
  • The book also includes the alternative dowel assemble supplement template for the 36 String model written in John Kovac's original notes & diagrams.
  • An optional harp-making DVD of the late, famed Paraguayan Harp Maker/Player, Geronimo Morinigo is available as an add-on package deal to the book. Or, can be purchased separately.

Go to Davy's Harp Resources Page to see a list of Materials, Tools & Strings necessary to complete each of these harps. Also, see other necessary harp resources at this same link.

See our kits & accessories that supply most everything you need to build your own harp based on our plans in the Harpmaking Made Simple book (except wood). 

If you make a mistake on your kit, even if not caused by us, please, notify us right away and we will see how we can help you to complete your kit 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 kit-building process after the purchase, either. Let's work together!

Happy Creek Press, Virginia

Copyright 2003, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 0-9668668-0-0