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Mesopotamian Lap Harp

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Project by icemanhank posted 11-18-2018 01:21 AM 495 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to try and make an ancient Lap Harp by a lady that uses it for her work with visiting the sick and elderly. I couldn’t find very much information on one so this is what came out.

The body (sound box) is carved from a Banksia trunk with the arm made from a piece of Victorian Ash morticed and dowel pinned into the body.

The skin is a pig skin, I tried to do everything the old school way this included seasoning the pig skin with a hand made concoction made from bees wax, lemon oil and Copha.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia





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#1 posted 11-18-2018 02:00 AM

That looks great David you put a lot of thought and work into it. I don’t know much about Lap harps but I am sure the lady will bring joy to those listening. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 11-18-2018 05:01 AM



That looks great David you put a lot of thought and work into it. I don t know much about Lap harps but I am sure the lady will bring joy to those listening. Well done.

- Bob Collins


I bet it sounds nice to.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 11-18-2018 01:00 PM

Real good looking lap harp, David!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 11-18-2018 10:37 PM

Very nice! Looks like a fun project!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#5 posted 11-19-2018 02:48 AM

Great looking harp. An interesting instrument you have made there.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 11-21-2018 12:43 AM

Beautiful David…
Do you have a youtube of it being played??

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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