IRish Harps for Traditional and historical music Harp and Early Keyboard Repair and Restoration
Back in 1986, I built my very first wire strung harp in my parent's basement workshop out of sheer necessity. There was no access to an instrument and those by the few makers at the time were far out of my budget. So using plans based on the Queen Mary harp, some woodworking advice from my dad, and some useful tips from Jay Witcher, I sent to work. To my astonishment my first instrument actually worked! Little did I know at the time it would lead to my career in traditional and historical instruments.
All my instrument based on historical originals and designs that closely follow antique building principles, their acoustics and ergonomics all of which I've spent entirely too much time obsessing over.
All this work is by hand, my annual output depending on the complexity of the instrument and my performing and teaching schedule.
My current building projects are a replica of the famous Queen Mary harp, a bray harp based on 15th century German originals, a Flemish style harpsichord and a replica of the late 17th century Kildare harp,
I also repair, restore and rebuild all sorts of non pedal harps, hammered dulcimers and early keyboard instruments. My recent restoration projections include a 33 string Woodsong lever harp and a 4 octave Zuckermann Flemish harpsichord.
I will expand this page in the coming weeks with more information, more pictures, etc.. Meanwhile if you have any questions about my harps please see the contact page of this site or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Harp No. 64, 2014, after the Castle Otway harp, now at Trinity College, Dublin IE