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The Harp Maker

Keith Harrison has been a professional craftsman forKeith Harrison working on one of his harps. 45 years.  Combining his experience and skill, he produces a range of beautiful, folk harps of 29 to 43 strings.

The harps are constructed in Maple, Oak, Mahogany, Walnut, Cherry, Jarrah, Black Maire, Rata, Rewa Rewa and New Zealand Beech, with Spruce and Cedar soundboards.

The Sound Qualities of Keith's Harps

Keith believes a harp should sound like nature, like a mystical wind blowing through the trees, like a river, a waterfall, and the surf of the seashore. Like the song of a thrush, the hoot of an owl, and the cries of the seagulls. Go into the country and listen, what do you hear? Natural, clear, defined sounds.

The harp should have balanced qualities. Each note should have the same volume, sung by the same voice, with good attack and sustain.

Harps should be inspiring. They should minister to the whole of a person, lifting up the human spirit to soar into the heavenlies.

By using the divine proportions and his skill as a craftsman, Keith endeavours to design and build harps with these qualities.

Keith Harrison's work bench


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