• Alex Tree

Carving, the unseen work that goes into the small details of your harp.

Most parts of a harp are fixed and have to be built to exact standards in order for the instrument to function correctly. The chump (or knuckle) of the harp neck is one of the few areas of a harp where a craftsman's creativity can really be used, and the personality of their work can truly show through. The mouldings that run through the complex curves of the chump are one of the most difficult parts to carve, getting the lines to flow takes many hours of training and practise. To show the process we filmed the mouldings being carved in to the chump of a satinwood Erard Gothic harp, then cut the original 5 hour recording into a nice bitesize video.