David Kortier is working on a replica of Anne's Silver Lyre replica for me.
I am getting the "new harp" butterflies waiting for it. Yes! I know it is not a harp. But I still feel the excitement of getting a new instrument to grace the home growing.
Of course when I started the Silver Lyre project with Anne, I wondered if making my own Silver Lyre would be possible. As far as instrument construction goes, it is on the simpler end of things and Anne told me that a number of carpenter hobbyists built them over the years based on the information she had on file. I thought briefly about building it myself but quickly decided that would be a disaster. I love to build but not much time to learn to build something so fine, even if it was a simpler design.
So, who did I know of in the harp building community who builds historical replicas and has a flair for taking on a challenge? Out-of-the-box maker David Kortier! From his midi-harps to his faithfully reproduced historical Irish wire harps, I knew he would make something great.
Anne went through her records and found an excellent vellum drawing of the Silver Lyre replica that Robert R. Brown drew years ago. Also, she had slides of the Lyre replica's construction as it was framed out. We took extra pictures of the replica's bridge and sent information on the strings we used...and from there, David was ready to start building.
Here are some of the pictures from the build. So very very exciting!!!