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Cherry Harp with Padauk bent wood core

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Project by citmadon posted 194 days ago 953 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 194 days ago

Wow, that is beautiful, amazing work

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#2 posted 193 days ago

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

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#3 posted 193 days ago

you win….

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#4 posted 193 days ago

^+. I also agree more pictures.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 193 days ago

Beautiful work Don

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#6 posted 193 days ago

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 193 days ago

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 193 days ago

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 193 days ago

Wow great job

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#10 posted 193 days ago

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

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#11 posted 193 days ago

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

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

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#12 posted 193 days ago

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

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#13 posted 193 days ago

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 193 days ago

Great work, very inspiring..

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

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#15 posted 193 days ago

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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