Sounds of the Harps
I have been working with wood for the past 40 years. Starting in high school as a carpenter’s helper, I have continued developing my wood-working skills through the years. I have been published in Wood Worker magazine with a first-place design for a 6’ kitchen spice cabinet. A yearlong project was the completion of the “Victorian Lady,” a 21’ wood pilothouse launch coastal cruiser boat. My chosen career as a music teacher has led to a fine collection of old stringed instruments, many of which needed extensive repairs. The restoration of these instruments and the desire for a harp to add to my collection led to the construction of my first harp. Since that time, harps have become a new source of enjoyment and fascination for me. I have completed many harps of different sizes and shapes from children’s eight- stringed lyres to thirty-six stringed Gothic models. I have also rebuilt two Sebastian Erard pedal harps that required extensive structural repairs. These old instruments now sound and play with the quality that would have made their makers proud.
I have also built a cross-strung harp. This instrument was originally developed during the mid 18th century. It is fully chromatic like a piano keyboard and is built much heavier than a regular harp because it has more strings.
I received my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from Youngstown State University. I am a member of Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity. In June 2011, after thirty-eight years of teaching at various schools, I retired as the guitar instructor from West Port High School in Marion County, Florida. I am a member of the Florida Music Educators Association. Since my retirement, I continue to build harps, cajon (box) drums, bass thumb pianos, music stands using reclaimed wood from old pianos, and I restore old stringed instruments.