Many thanks to Arjen Boerstra for sending us these photos and the info about how he added a damping system to his hammered dulcimer. If you’d like a PDF version of this post – click here. Dampers: In this case I used oakwood 15x10x580 mm (straight as possible) Felt on dampers: 3 layers of 3 … Continue reading Add a Damping System to your Hammered Dulcimer
This is a searchable and sortable index of all the Folk Harp Journals from Issue #1 (June 1973) to the present. Notes on using this table: Click the header of any column to sort it ascending to descending. Click it again to sort in the reverse order. Type anything in the search box and you … Continue reading FHJ Index
Here is a gallery of photos of the Vivid Color Harps we have built thus far.
Properly installed strings make your instrument more enjoyable to play. Here is a short video that demonstrates how to properly install wire strings on zither pins. I use a Reverie Harp in the video but the techniques are applicable to replacing wire strings on zither pins on a variety of instruments such as Kanteles, Monochords, … Continue reading How to install wire strings on a zither pin
You will notice that many of our string charts list note names followed by a number. For example, we say the range of our Jolie Harp is C2 to G6. What, exactly, does that mean? When we say that a harp starts on the note C, we need some way to communicate which C we … Continue reading Scientific Pitch Notation Explained
New Years It’s January once again And as I write to you, my friend, I ponder how to separate Each beginning from an end. “You can’t have one without the other”, So says my wise and kindly Mother. Her wisdom holds but still I wonder If they aren’t two but one another? Is life a … Continue reading New Years
I walked back into the workshop this morning and found these on Jake’s bench. I wonder what he is up to??
I often feel like this quote was written especially for me. How often I have put off doing something I have wanted to do for days, weeks, even months because I can’t decide if I should do it or not. The Monday Night Square Dance is perfect example. I’ve been playing Old-Time Music for about … Continue reading More is lost by indecision than by wrong decision.