Monday, May 5, 2008
I have two pictures for you readers of me playing my harp. This took place at the Evening of the Arts, where I played for the crowds of people who entered and exited. I was the first and last project most people saw that night. I received a huge amount of compliments and kudos from people, which made me ecstatic.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Here is a picture for you all to enjoy.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Now that I see there are people reading this, I encourage you all to post your comments. I love reading them!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Or, at least the end of the harp's construction. After it is built, fully assembled and everything, I have to sew myself a case for it. That means I have to learn how to sew, and I have no idea how to do that. This will be a fun experience.
And for the few that read this, here's a picture of the harp so far.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
For the last month and a half, I have been sanding and sanding the harp. I have completed two walnut feet (which were a bit of a pain, due to all of the curves), the body (which was pretty strait foreword), and the combined harmonic curve (a super pain, because of a lot of curves and cuts) and the pillar (very easy). I started on the feet with 150-grit to remove any marks already in the wood due to the cut from the original block. After I started to make my own marks, I used the 180 to buff out those marks and smooth even more. Finally, I used a 220 to make it the smoothest it has ever been. I repeated those steps with all three wood groups.
My hands hurt, and at times I felt like I breathed in more dust than air, but it is worth it. The harps feels so much better now.
Total time? Over a dozen hours of sanding off and on.
Friday, November 16, 2007
November 16, 2007 (8:33 AM – 5:34 PM, 9 1/60 hours today, 95 29/60 hours total)
Today I job shadowed the Dusty Strings Factory. I left the house and arrived early in somewhat formal but still practical clothing. I was asked to bring in my incomplete harp for some professional help, which I did. Before this, I installed all the trim strips, no matter how many times I had to tear them off and re-apply them. Naturally, the back left trim strip spilled out a lot of glue (which didn’t actually seem to stick to the strip), so I was hoping to see how well I could take care of it. I arrived, was introduced to the Production Manager, who brought me around to different people.
The first person I met told me about planing wood, bringing trim strips to a flush, and how to use a planer effectively. He also showed me how the Dusty Strings harps are brought to a flush edge all around, even with the multitude of protruding strips. The next man showed me how to apply extra glue effectively to a trim strip, and then how to assemble the neck and Harmonic Curve. Amazingly, I did assemble them.
The third person who helped me showed me how the
All in all, this long day was immensely wonderful and very full. I loved it!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Sunday September 30, 2007 (8:04 – 10:07 AM, 2 1/20 hours, 35 13/15 hours total)
Today, I worked on trimming the soundboard and gluing it on. After hard work, a nasty head cold that dulled my mind, and a lot of frustration, I glued the trimmed soundboard to the soundbox. When I next work on the project, I will power brad the soundboard into place for extra security.
Friday October 12, 2007 (1:36 – 5:47 PM, 4 11/60 hours, 40 1/20 hours total)
Today I visited Dusty Strings again. I talked to Eileen, who was again immensely helpful. Now that I am building a harp, I marvel at their expert craftsmanship. They are simply amazing – I hope I can create such beautiful structures. I signed up for the Harp Symposium, which will take place on November 2 – 4, which means that I will miss Friday’s school. It is a worthy cause, though. I simply can not wait.
I volunteered to be a “Harp Vallet”, which is more lovingly called a “Harp Monkey”. They cut the $200 fee in half if I come early and carry harps up and down the stairs. I can not wait to do it, and to keep my skills in check, I rented a harp from Dusty Strings. A 32-string harp, which was the closest to the 33-string harp I am building (it is just missing the highest string). A link to it can be seen here: http://dustystrings.com/building/fh32.shtml .
Week of October 12 – 19, 2007 (1 1/3 hours, 41 23/60 hours total)
I have practiced religiously on the rented harp. It is such a beautiful sound; I almost melted when I heard it. I can not wait to be a better harpist/harper so that I can make the sound truly worthy of the instrument.