Aeolian (Wind) Harp from reclaimed wood

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Project by daverose posted 941 days ago 2403 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been wanting to make one of these since someone played me some recordings of one a few years back. Haven’t got it to work yet, waiting for a good windy day. The structure is maple that I salvaged from an old dresser that someone was throwing out in my neighborhood. I like the grain on the front piece especially. The banding, dovetail keys and bridge are from Black Walnut that I got when my next door neighbor was trimming their tree. The top is spruce of some kind I think? Had it lying around the shop so thought I should put it to use. Finish is linseed oil/shellac/wax in that order. Maybe when I get it to work I’ll post a recording too!

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#1 posted 941 days ago

A really great harp , a wonderful design.

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#2 posted 940 days ago

That looks so nice. How does it sound? Thank you for sharing.

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#3 posted 940 days ago

Looks great! I’m sure it sounds great as well.

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#4 posted 940 days ago

That sounds like a neat instrument. Are the dimensions important for directing the airflow?

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#5 posted 940 days ago

Nice work on your harp. Keep us posted on how it works. An audio clip would be great. I really like these harps. Did you use plans? What kind of strings did you use?

Thanks for posting.

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#6 posted 936 days ago

Got the plans from here: Apparently the funnel shape that’s created between the slanted top and the lid directs the airflow across the strings. I used some electric guitar strings. So far I haven’t had a good windy day to test it yet and my wife’s hair dryer didn’t work so who knows if it will work? Will let you all know. Thanks for the interest.

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#7 posted 854 days ago

Any update on how it sounds? I’m curious how the angled bridges affect the sound.

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#8 posted 853 days ago

So far it’s a total fail. Took it out on my (flat) roof in a windstorm the other day and it nearly blew off the roof before any sound came out. Will have to play with the tuning or different strings or something.

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