Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Harp Has Arrived!


It actually arrived a week ago, but it has been a rough week- alot going on and the loss of a very dear friend, which made it difficult to enjoy the new harp. But I've had my first lesson as of Fri. and now am the proud owner of very sore fingers. :-0 I will learn this harp thing! It actually seems to be improving a bit so I think I'm learning. :-) It's difficult to get a photo of the color. The stain took very darkly, but when a light shines on it it is just a beautiful color. It is a deep wine red. Hopefully you can get a bit of an idea in the photos. If I can when I have someone to help me get it outside in sunlight I will try to get better photos. Until then this will have to do. The sound is beautiful, all I could have hoped for. I am very happy with the harp and hope I am truely "harping" soon.


This is the pillar carving and the side inlay on the soundbox that I chose.



This is the carving on the pillar- both top and bottom, and you can see the color a bit altho in better light it shows much more beautifully. The birds-eye maple just makes it "shimmer".


A view of the soundbox.

8 comments:

Mona said...

Carol, the harp is just exquisite! I can get a sense of the beautiful swirls in the wood grain coming through the red stain, and the inlay is so finely done too.

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend this week, and thanks so much for your thoughtful comment on my blog in the midst of all that is going on for you.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Oh Carol it is so beautiful - how thrilled you must have been when it finally arrived. All the best with the lessons - I hope it brings you many hours of pleasure!!! :)

Tracy Hall said...

Its absolutely beautiful Carol. Good luck with the lessons, I'm sure the sore fingers will be well worth it!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Oh, Carol, how exciting for you! It is beautiful and a work of art itself! I'm sure the sore fingers will be worth it. I'm sorry you have lost your friend. Peace be with you.

tropical said...

Wow I envy you! Post some sound clips when possible. I am looking to get one when I can afford it.

Bev said...

It is magnificant and so detailed. I know you will enjoy this lovely musical instrument and the sounds it will make.
Sorry to hear of your friend, prayers for comfort for all that were close to this friend.

Carol Andre' said...

Thanks everyone- wish I could play it for you at some point- Tropical- I have no way to video so can't post. :-( But it is a joy to play, even the silly little boring songs! I can't wait until I can play "real" music. I love the Celtic traditional music and hymns and lullabies- so beautiful on harps.

The Celtic American said...

Congrats, Carol! We're almost family now! You have different carving on the front of the column than I do, but the rest of the carving is just like my harp.

The sound of a harp can be a very healing thing, and this harp came to you at just the time you need it. Feel it's vibrations through your body (especially the bass notes), and let it relax you. I'll be thinking of you.