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Project by randomray posted 12-26-2011 12:20 AM 1970 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some pictures I made of a Lyre I made based on the Sutton Hoo ship burial lyre . This was made with a very hard maple unlike the original which I think was oak . The bridge and tail piece and bottom button are made from holly . All those sound holes were a bear to clean up with files . Oops , like a goof ball I glued it up before cleaning them up . Just something I hope ecourages others with thier projects .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .





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SisQMark

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#1 posted 12-26-2011 12:28 AM

Very nice work! It looks like this took some time on the scroll saw. Really nice job, Merry Christmas.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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randomray

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 12:43 AM

Chuckle , I used a traditional old hand jig saw . On most of my projects I only use hand tools . I will get my boards to size with a power saw and planer and do some sanding that way too , but it’s mostly traditional tools for me . That way I make my mistakes slower XD .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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llwynog

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 01:02 PM

Great Lyre Randomray,
Was the dog pattern on the original Sutton Hoo lyre also ? The dogs look much more modern to me than what I would expect on Sutton Hoo designs.

I am glad I added you to my buddy list so I won’t miss any of your projects.
I love both the idea and the result for this lyre.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 05:14 PM

That’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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randomray

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 11:05 PM

Thanks CaptainSkully .
IIwynog. The Sutton Hoo lyre was oak I believe and had no sound holes . Most of these had no sound holes . I don’t think they could see the decoration on the Sutton Hoo lyre as it was in really bad shape . This is my fourth one and I was trying different things with it . The dogs are old celtic designs that are contemperary with the original so they are old , but may not have been used on the lyres even though they were used where the lyres were found .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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llwynog

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 09:38 AM

Interesting, thank you Randomray.
The only idea of Sutton Hoo patterns I had in mind were the cruder gripping beasts (I love that design by the way) and I had not realized that they were contemporary to these much more refined dog patterns.

So you built 4 lyres, was it for your own enjoyment or are they to be used as replicas or props for reenactment ?

Anyway, fantastic work indeed.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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J. Curtis Goforth

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#7 posted 12-28-2011 11:21 PM

I’ve been to Sutton Hoo! We used to live somewhat close to the place when we lived in England. Nice job.

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 02:11 AM

I notice that you have 8 strings, instead of the more common 6. I also like the idea of have sound holes. How does it sound?

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