I have been refurbishing my clarsach (lever harp), built (by me – of course ) in 1984. The neck and pillar are oak from my granny’s old wardrobe. Originally it had semitone hooks, but I mostly replaced these with levers a few years ago; I have been adding a few more, and replacing some damaged strings. This is in preparation for playing with the Edinburgh branch of the Clarsach Society in a few weeks’ time – I’ve never done it before so it should be fun. I’ll sit with the beginners at the back!

31 string lever harp

Here’s a close-up of the soundboard decoration, which is pokerwork done with a fine tipped soldering iron:

soundboard pokerwork

My harps are described on the archive site on John’s harp page.