scopulus wrote:Dear Corwen,
I thank you. I will look up the group asap, and when more questions I will ask.
As you say, it might be I should look into anglo saxon way first, before going to paule lyre.. I need to think a few things first over. This hard when you never did some woodcarving before and only recently discovered how much fun (and pain and bloody) it can be! Thanks for the reply.
Blessings from the stones and oaks
Skogsvandrare wrote:I'm also looking at a lyre as a project for the autumn. I will either make it from dry birch (plus somehting for the soundboard), green birch or even green aspen. Unless someone more experienced speaks up about my obvious insanity, delusions and/or incompentence, of course.
Corwen wrote:Skogsvandrare wrote:I'm also looking at a lyre as a project for the autumn. I will either make it from dry birch (plus somehting for the soundboard), green birch or even green aspen. Unless someone more experienced speaks up about my obvious insanity, delusions and/or incompentence, of course.
Sounds good, dry birch is a good choice as its stable and isn't too hard to carve, though green birch will move a lot as it dries. Looks kind of like maple once it is finished. It is unusual to find birch planks large enough for a lyre, you have been very lucky to get some! One thing I would say is that birch here is quite soft, if you use pegs made from a harder wood they will wear the peg holes, so make sure you make your pegs from birch offcuts from the main lyre or something softer like willow or hazel. Might be different if the birch has grown slowly in a cold place.
I don't know much about aspen, isn't that what Americans call poplar? Poplar was often used for the bodies of keyboard instruments in the past being considered a good tonewood but difficult to get a good finish out of so generally kept out of sight. Aspen might be different, I don't know.
Corwen wrote:Here is the last lyre I made, for the Ringve musical instrument museum in Norway.
Corwen wrote:I know this isn't authentic for the Trossingen lyre, but since the lyre wasn't always played with a strap, and some of the finds show quite spread out pegs, I feel relatively justified in modifying the instrument a little to make it easier to use in the schools workshops we do!
You can see what I mean on this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... 1f29rtaRYk
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