Aeolian (Wind) Harp from reclaimed wood

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Project by daverose posted 01-25-2012 04:29 AM 7863 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been wanting to make one of these since someone played me some recordings of one a few years back. Haven’t got it to work yet, waiting for a good windy day. The structure is maple that I salvaged from an old dresser that someone was throwing out in my neighborhood. I like the grain on the front piece especially. The banding, dovetail keys and bridge are from Black Walnut that I got when my next door neighbor was trimming their tree. The top is spruce of some kind I think? Had it lying around the shop so thought I should put it to use. Finish is linseed oil/shellac/wax in that order. Maybe when I get it to work I’ll post a recording too!

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 04:34 AM

A really great harp , a wonderful design.


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#2 posted 01-25-2012 11:58 AM

That looks so nice. How does it sound? Thank you for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 12:36 PM

Looks great! I’m sure it sounds great as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-25-2012 06:13 PM

That sounds like a neat instrument. Are the dimensions important for directing the airflow?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#5 posted 01-25-2012 08:35 PM

Nice work on your harp. Keep us posted on how it works. An audio clip would be great. I really like these harps. Did you use plans? What kind of strings did you use?

Thanks for posting.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 08:17 PM

Got the plans from here: Apparently the funnel shape that’s created between the slanted top and the lid directs the airflow across the strings. I used some electric guitar strings. So far I haven’t had a good windy day to test it yet and my wife’s hair dryer didn’t work so who knows if it will work? Will let you all know. Thanks for the interest.

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#7 posted 04-20-2012 09:17 PM

Any update on how it sounds? I’m curious how the angled bridges affect the sound.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 04-21-2012 01:51 PM

So far it’s a total fail. Took it out on my (flat) roof in a windstorm the other day and it nearly blew off the roof before any sound came out. Will have to play with the tuning or different strings or something.

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