The harp of the Brittons and Gaels, at its golden age, was a instrument achieved by centuries of practice. Its unique sound quality is based on ancestral techniques uncovered by the Herrou workshop.
A hollowed sounbox
According to the ancient tradition, the harp sounbox is hollowed out of a solid block of wood, closed at the back by a woodboard.
The four carved pieces (the forepillar, the harmonic curve, the soundbox and the backboard) are put tightly together without glue, which leaves the harp free to vibrate.
The wood of the sounbox is red willow, traditionnally used for that purpose for a great antiquity.
This wood has the advantage of producing an exceptionnal sound, while at the same time its woven cellular structure makes it resilient enough to withstand to high string stress.
The forepillar and the harmonic curve are made of nervous and resistant woods like yew, oak and or willow again.
Before being put together, the harp pieces are imerged in the bog for several month to absorb oils and minerals, especially silicium.
This practice makes the sound deeper and more cristalline.
Moreover, it makes the tuning easier, the harp steadier, the withstand of the wood is reinforced, and its life longer.
Our harps are strung with bronze, which produces a brilliant tone rich in harmonics, particulary the harmonic of fifth.
These strings offer a sweet and dynamic sound. The harpers will enjoy their exceptional lifespan for many years.
In the lower register, an alloy of gold may be used for a better clarity of the bass.
At the base of the strings, hand worked brass wire string shoes protect the wood and insure a perfect vibration. In option, silver string shoes will add an etheral subtelty to the sound.
A traditionnal illumination
Our harps’ final touch is a traditional pokerworked decoration. These abundand illuminations are copied from the historical model of the Queen Mary Harp. They reveal the instrument’s prestige and open an insight on Celtic spirituality.
Personalize your harp
You can personalize your harp and choose a stone, “the harp eye”, which will be set on the front of your harp (ask for price estimation).
You can also give her a name of your choice. This name can be pokerworked on the neck of your harp.