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Cherry Harp with Padauk bent wood core

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Project by citmadon posted 02-19-2014 02:12 PM 1005 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 29 string Harp made of cherry, based on the Studio Harp plans from Musicmakers (harpkit.com). I made a bent wood core out of padauk to add strength to the harmonic curve of the neck, to the neck/pillar joint, and to the pillar itself. I’ve applied for a patent on this technique. This adds strength while adding to to esthetics.

-- Don





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#1 posted 02-19-2014 02:29 PM

Wow, that is beautiful, amazing work

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 03:14 PM

Very nice. This piece deserves more pictures. A little brighter would help us see the beauty.

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 03:14 PM

you win….

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 03:27 PM

^+. I also agree more pictures.

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 03:35 PM

Beautiful work Don

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 03:59 PM

Absolutely beautiful!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 04:04 PM

This is a beautiful instrument. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 02-19-2014 04:20 PM

Really nice. Would be nice to know more about your technique for making the bentwood core. Maybe a blog or video?

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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#9 posted 02-19-2014 04:54 PM

Wow great job

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#10 posted 02-19-2014 04:57 PM

Wow, this is art in every sense. Wonderful work!

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#11 posted 02-19-2014 05:09 PM

Beautiful work. Definitely a cut above candle holders and beer totes.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#12 posted 02-19-2014 07:52 PM

Other than “Wow” I dont know what to say.

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#13 posted 02-19-2014 07:54 PM

Looks great!
I’d like to know more about the bend and the finish.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#14 posted 02-19-2014 10:58 PM

Great work, very inspiring..

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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#15 posted 02-20-2014 12:43 AM

Citmadon:

Great work! I’ve been reading-up on Harps, primarily cross-strung, for some time now, and hoping to schedule one directly after my current ‘Hal Taylor’ rocker.

Did you purchase plans from somewhere, or did you create this from your personal research? At the risk of being presumptuous, I’d like to understand your soundboard construction process – a technical point that I’ve been fretting about.

Anyway, great work.
MJCD

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