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Project by Donna Menke posted 1143 days ago 2040 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

5/2011 Dragonfly Harp
Original design, made from scratch using mostly cherry wood and finished with Arm-R-Seal gloss tung oil/urethane. The inlay is of abalone and ebony set into holly and surrounded by a frame of pink ivory.I have a blog here with over 150 photos and captions detailing the design and construction of this project. I show you all the boo-boos and all the ‘fixes’. The inlay was all done by hand using carving tools. I hope you enjoy looking at my efforts. Donna Menke

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com





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Eric_S

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#1 posted 1143 days ago

Amazing work Donna! Absolutely stunning. I’d love to hear it if you have a video some time.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Donna Menke

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#2 posted 1143 days ago

I will do a video and post it here- as soon as the harp and I get better at staying in tune- LOL

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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shipwright

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#3 posted 1143 days ago

Wonderful job Donna. It will be nice to hear it come to life.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 1143 days ago

Awesome!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 1143 days ago

Donna,

The harp turned out beautiful! What an heirloom!

Thanks for posting it in the projects. Maybe you could add a link (in your description above) to your blog so everyone can read how you made it.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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RogerBean

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#6 posted 1143 days ago

Donna,
Very, very nice work.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Donna Menke

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#7 posted 1143 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/DonnaMenke/blog/24171
This is to the last entry- with the ebony plug sin place.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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sras

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#8 posted 1143 days ago

Wonderful! The final piece is looking great – can’t wait to hear it. The blog was most enjoyable.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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BarbS

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#9 posted 1143 days ago

That is quite an accomplishment, Donna. How does it sound? It sure Looks beautiful!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Donna Menke

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#10 posted 1143 days ago

Thanks, guys and gals. As soon as I make a video recording I will post it here so you can all hear it yourselves.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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NaFianna

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#11 posted 1143 days ago

An amazing piece of work.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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SSMDad

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#12 posted 1143 days ago

I adore the Gaelic harp and have always wanted to play one much less ever thought of building one. haha
Fantastic job Donna and looking forward to reading your blog and seeing the pics (and the video) :)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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GaryK

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#13 posted 1143 days ago

Great job! I love wooden instruments whatever kind.

It will take a while for the wood to settle down and hold a tune. My harpsichord took
about a year before it would hold a good tune.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Donna Menke

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#14 posted 1143 days ago

Thanks, guys and gals. As soon as I make a video recording I will post it here so you can all hear it yourselves.
And especially thanks to Autumn- who should be proud for her contribution to this project. I could not have done it without her help.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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moment

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#15 posted 1143 days ago

It’s been a nice experience to follow along with the beautiful work you have accomplished . best wishes.

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