Working Through The Tricky Design Of A Medieval Harp Together
It is tricky to understand and denote the exact origins of specific instruments and the way they were constructed. In medieval times, handmade production and the use of rudimentary, but ideal tools create the instruments which are now almost exactly the same bar a few minor changes. The result, honed over many years, was the acceptance of shape, size and notation for many instruments. My work as a luthier for diverse time periods is dictated by these methods and shaped by my use of the highest quality woods throughout the process of creating medieval instruments.
How can my work at George Stevens Luthier help you to own a beautiful piece of history?
My experience in producing medieval harps to suit the specifics needs of each individual is complemented by my knowledge and understanding of the ancient construction techniques for these finely-tuned instruments. The period instruments such as the medieval harps I create at George Stevens Luthier require a unique balance between functionality – we all want an instrument we can play happily, without limits – and beauty. The latter stems from the time I spend at the design stage initially, careful cutting and thicknessing throughout, followed by final preparation of the wood surface and delicate application of finish layers; whilst the former is made possible by tuning and testing the instrument to suit the desired notation or an array of bespoke requirements.
Medieval harps are produced in a variety of forms depending on the location and the specific time period. I have many years’ experience in design and construction from scratch Romanesque, gothic and clarsach styles alongside other gut, nylon and brass string types of harp.
Just like any good design that moves through its stages, I will work closely with you to understand the finished product you are seeking to achieve. To find out more about my work as a luthier, get in contact today.