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"REVERIE HARP!" a new style of Harp from a kit #1: Reverie Harp Kit, Off to a pretty good start!

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I showed Barb this kit the other day, & immediately she said, ”I want one.”

When the Sweetie wants something, I usually comply to her wishes.

Besides, I can try making something I’ve never done before.

This is the kit I ordered, it's called a Reverie Harp..

One thing about this Harp is, anyone can play it because of the way it’s tuned.

It has a real soothing sound.
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This is a picture of the parts that came, It also has the wood for the front, & back.


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They suggest to put your signature inside of the back before gluing it up.


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After the frame is glued, you glue the back on.

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I used most of my Irwin clamps.

A view of my signature through the sound hole.

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After routing the excess material off of the top, & bottom, I drilled the tuning peg holes.
There’s a paper template for marking the holes.


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I decided to add a carved Celtic knot design, so I spent some time designing it.
I used an image of our Irish Claddagh, to help me with the design. cut out sections, & taped them into the design I wanted.

Click for details

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Then I took a picture of it, & resized it in Photoshop.
I flipped the image horizontally, printed, & taped them together.
Tracing over the design causes me to get a little squirrelly,
but carving it is much easier than the tracing.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Transferring pattern with carbon paper. These two images, by “Sweetie.”

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pattern applied, & ready for the “chiseler”.
They say that this project should take about 10 hours, but doing the carving, may take me 10 Hours. I’ll let you know when I’m done.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1



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scrappy

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#1 posted 1860 days ago

Great looking project so far. Deffinetly going to keep an eye on this. Love the celtic knot.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Karson

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#2 posted 1860 days ago

Dick. Great looking. Have you ever tried to iron a Laser printout. You are suppose to put it ink side down and run over it with a hot iron and the tiner will transfer to the other surface.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 1860 days ago

very nice of you to post this blog … looking forward to the finished piece and rest of blog

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 1860 days ago

Thanks Scrappy!

Thanks Karson, maybe I’ll try it sometime. It sounds kind of high tech for an old geezer.LOL

Thank you Dan!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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stefang

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#5 posted 1860 days ago

from one old geezer to another, I have to say you’re sure doing some nice work there Dick. Very nice looking harp and I’m really looking forward to the celtic carving. Your lucky that your wife orders things from you. I think my wife is afraid to order from me because of the fear that I will disappear into the workshop and not be seen again. At least for a long while. Thanks for the very interesting blog.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 1860 days ago

Thank you Mike, From one Norwegian to another, but I’m only 1/2 Norwegian.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 1860 days ago

Dick, this looks pretty good. Putting your “special touches” on the kit certainly takes what was a nice present for Barb and makes it a unique and heartfelt gift that I know without a doubt she will treasure.

And, of course, she should always get whatever she wants. After all she has had 58 years to train you. :)

I am looking forward to seeing the finished harp.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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SCOTSMAN

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#8 posted 1860 days ago

Dick man oh man your just a wee genius are yeh noh bonnie laddie your near as can be a Scottishman withoot yehr kilt ohn. seriously I love the celtic artwork not at all easy to do we celts are the greatest are we noh?Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 1860 days ago

how wonderful. I can’t wait to hear you play a love song to your lady :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 1860 days ago

Thank you Scott. It’s also a break from being on my knees installing flooring.

Thank you Alistair. The closest ties I have to Scotland, is The Isle of Man, were my paternal

Grandparents came from.

And, Thank you Debbie. Maybe she can do a nice twirly dance while I strum on it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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SCOTSMAN

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#11 posted 1860 days ago

The isle of man is not in scotland sorry but my next door neighbour comes from there.And his both parents lived til they were obver a hundred years old and died within weeks of each other anyway you would be made very welcome here in Scotland just tell them you and Barbra are my pals everyone knows me.LOLAlistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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dlcarver

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#12 posted 1860 days ago

Too tedious for me Dick, you have a lot of nerve to tackle this one…......WOW!!!! DAVE

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,http://dlcarver.etsy.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 1860 days ago

Thanks for the invitation Alistair.

This Manxman doesn’t travel much anymore, we stick close to home now.

The farthest East I’ve ever been in my life is Michigan.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 1860 days ago

Thank you Dave. The Harp is easy, but the Knots are knotty.<(:O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 1860 days ago

Like me you don’t wander too far these days heck if I go into town for an hour to the lacal supermarket that’s a day out for me these days. Having said that I have been invited to Germany again and again over the last 6 years or so I keep making excuses truth is it’s all abit too daunting but in a moment of weakness I decided to cave in and promised to go next year with my sone and his wife and my wife and their son our little grandson I liveed there and worked in a large dental practice for five years I still speak the deutsch pretty well even after thirty years away from it although I did it also at university level so it will be nice to try it agin and see my old friends August a nd greta and family take car if you do decide to come to Scotland we would make you most welcome.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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