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Home Built Harps

Here are a collection of articles Jerry wrote for the Folk Harp Journal about home built harps.  This features were written to celebrate and encourage the craft of harp-making by home hobbyists around the world. The goal was to publicize the excellent, and sometimes surprising, results of several of these adventurous woodworkers.  The focus is … Continue reading Home Built Harps

Harp Soundboards: Plywood vs Solid Wood

The following is an excerpt from Chapter Four of Jerry Brown’s book on harp making, Folk Harp Design and Construction. The entire 150-page manual is in print in a 3-ring binder or as a downloadable PDF file.    The Great Plywood Debate: Laminated -vs- Solid Soundboards   There has been rather heated discussion over the years … Continue reading Harp Soundboards: Plywood vs Solid Wood

Care and Feeding of your Harp

TUNING TIPS: It is best to tune the harp with all sharping levers flipped down (disengaged), so there will be no interference from the levers. Please note that this means you may be tuning some strings to flats instead of natural notes. If you have levers on the B strings, for example, you should tune … Continue reading Care and Feeding of your Harp

The Musicmakers Cajon

Produced from Summer 2010 to Fall 2017 We offered both a standard Cajon and Snare Cajon in both kit and finished form.    1/2″ baltic birch plywood was used for the sides, top, and bottom.  1/8″ aircraft birch plywood was used for the soundboard and 1/4″ birch plywood was used for the back.  The top, … Continue reading The Musicmakers Cajon

Knee Bone Modification for Lap Harps

Here is an interesting modification made by John LaTorre. When using “Knee Bones” on my Shepherd harp, I noticed that there was a problem with the way the harp was balanced. When the harp was resting on my legs, the center of gravity was so far forward that the harp wanted to pitch forward and … Continue reading Knee Bone Modification for Lap Harps

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