Harp Making

Graham Wright and Kevin Harrington

Join master craftsmen Graham Wright and Kevin Harrington for a unique introduction to harp making in a four day harp making workshop. The Achill Harp is a 26-string harp made from Finnish Birch laminate, with F & C blades, removable legs and tuning key.

 

Graham Wright and Kevin Harrington

 

No previous woodwork experience is required to participate in this workshop. Participants will be given instruction in the assembly and finishing of different parts of the instrument. This is not just a harp assembly kit: those taking part will be required to sand and shape some parts of wood to achieve a smooth finish and fit the different pieces together. Under the expert direction of our course tutors participants will assemble the soundboard, drill holes for tuning pegs and semi-tone blades, glue and sand the neck, shoulder and post of the instrument to achieve a smooth, polished finish. The final step in completion of the harp will be stringing and tuning of the instrument.

The idea behind this workshop is not just to build your own 26 string Achill Harp. It will also give those taking part an insight into instrument making and an understanding of the relationship between the design of the instrument and the sound it produces. This workshop provides the participant with a top quality instrument for anyone wishing to start their harp playing adventure! Or equally, a taste of the craft of instrument making for those with an interest in this area of expertise.