Wind River Harps by Dave Boling
I have been performing Irish traditional music for over twenty years, and began learning the Uilleann Pipes nineteen years ago. I had heard several excellent local harpists over the years, but the immensity, and complexity of the concert harp never entered my mind as something I would wish to try to create.
In the spring of 2017, while at a piping workshop (tionol) on Tybee Island, I woke one morning to the amazing sound of a well-played “celtic” lever harp. The owner of the harp was attending the workshop as a novice piper. I fell into a conversation with him regarding the details of his instrument, where I could learn to play, and how I could gain the knowledge required to attempt the creation of one. Since then, I have attended two week-long workshops learning the basic technique, and a year of development of my own design (with the generous assistance of a well-respected maker in Canada).
I am now taking orders for harps, with a delivery time of four to six weeks, and working on a website which will have more detail. I currently plan to offer harps in curly cherry, walnut, and quilted maple. These 34-string harps are round-backed (for player comfort), strung with fluorocarbon strings, and weigh approximately 18 pounds.