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Irish wire strung harp

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Project by AGolden posted 04-06-2020 04:49 PM 440 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

This is a project I built in August. This is a recreation of a wire strung Irish harp called “the Clonalis harp” it is one of about 17 surviving Irish wire strung harps or “clairseach” that have survived to the modern day. I started by projecting a full sized picture of the harp onto a sheet of paper and tracing it out for the design. I made some modifications to tweak the string length and placement so the instrument would work and made a few assumptions about the dimensions of the harp that are not clear from available pictures. The soundbox is held together with just glue joints and the back of the soundbox is rabbeted in so that it can be removed for maintenance. The neck and pillar are joined together with three 3/8” hardwood dowels, the neck is attached to the soundbox with a stopped dado, and the pillar is mortised into the soundbox. You can get an idea of the joinery from the fourth picture, sorry I couldn’t post the entire build album on here. the soundbox is the only piece with any glue in it. The main parts of the harp (pillar-neck, neck and pillar-soundbox, and back to soundbox) are not glued together, when tuned up the tension from the strings suck all the pieces together. This is a practice that was common to the surviving instruments and allows for the harp to be more dynamic and move with the seasons. The strings when fully tuned exert over 750 lb of load on the instrument so it is important that the pieces can move a little to accommodate the load, not to mention that it is a lot easier to repair this way!

I am happy to give anyone more information about the build and design process if they want, I wish I could post more pictures… I also have a recording of how it sounds but I am not sure I can post a link to the video here. Let me know if anyone is interested!





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#1 posted 04-06-2020 08:30 PM

Amazing work!

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#2 posted 04-06-2020 11:44 PM

Very nice! Can you play?

-- Darrel

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AGolden

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#3 posted 04-07-2020 12:03 AM

Yes! i could post a link to it being played on Facebook but I am new and I didn’t know if I could post a link like that. Can I?


Very nice! Can you play?

- Foghorn


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#4 posted 04-07-2020 12:05 AM

Gorgeous work.

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#5 posted 04-07-2020 02:23 AM

I know I’m new to here, and woodworking in general, but you sir have officially taken the top spot for the best piece of wood craft I’ve laid eyes upon. Just the fact that it’s operable says so much. Thank you for adding that little piece of beauty to my night.

-- I imagine we are all but grains of star dust in the grand scope of time. But I suspect we are the universe and stars to the grains we cannot see.

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#6 posted 04-07-2020 03:31 AM

Truly amazing.

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#7 posted 04-07-2020 05:45 AM

First of all, WELCOME! And your harp is really awesome. Yes, you can include a link on here to your recording of the music from your harp. Just click on the icon that looks like a link and copy the address into your paragraph. Here is a link to more information: https://www.lumberjocks.com/help/writing/basic

I really want to hear it being played. I think harp music is the most beautiful music on earth.

Also, you can show as many photographs as you want but after the first six, you need to include them in your descriptive paragraph below. Just click on the “img” icon and include them in your body copy. Here’s a link to more information: https://www.lumberjocks.com/help/writing/embedding-pictures We love seeing all the details. Or you can write a blog and include the photos there.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There’s always someone who can be of assistance. Thanks for sharing and we look forward to hearing your harp and seeing more details.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 04-07-2020 10:28 AM

Welcome to LJ. That harp is awsome. Nice history as well.

-- Petey

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AGolden

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#9 posted 04-07-2020 03:51 PM

Thank you so much for all of the guidance, as requested here is the link to it being played!

Clonalis harp


First of all, WELCOME! And your harp is really awesome. Yes, you can include a link on here to your recording of the music from your harp. Just click on the icon that looks like a link and copy the address into your paragraph. Here is a link to more information: https://www.lumberjocks.com/help/writing/basic

I really want to hear it being played. I think harp music is the most beautiful music on earth.

Also, you can show as many photographs as you want but after the first six, you need to include them in your descriptive paragraph below. Just click on the “img” icon and include them in your body copy. Here s a link to more information: https://www.lumberjocks.com/help/writing/embedding-pictures We love seeing all the details. Or you can write a blog and include the photos there.

Don t be afraid to ask questions. There s always someone who can be of assistance. Thanks for sharing and we look forward to hearing your harp and seeing more details.

L/W

- lightweightladylefty


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Cedrus

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#10 posted 04-07-2020 04:27 PM

Excellent workmanship and execution of your plan from start to finish! There is an aura which can’t be explained or imagined when making wooden instruments…the result is an extra feeling of accomplishment…thanks for posting.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#11 posted 04-07-2020 11:12 PM

such a cool story, and amazing work. Thanks for sharing

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#12 posted 04-08-2020 02:21 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! That is a very beautiful harp. You hit a home run with your first project. I look forward to seeing your future works. I like your process for getting the shape and size of your project from a photo!

Yes you can post a link from Facebook, E bay or You tube on here..Just copy it and paste it into the commentary. also, you post a whole lot more photos of you project under your commentary by setting your cursor where you want the photos, then click on the img ( image) like you see above this comment and you can bring them in just like the top 6 on the project.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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