Welcome to the world of Dusty Strings harps! We are builders of lever harps (also commonly called folk or Celtic harps) and have been lovingly handcrafting our instruments in Seattle, WA since 1979. We invite you to browse to your heart's content, and if at any point you would prefer to talk to a person, feel free to give us a call! We won't bombard you with pushy sales tactics, and we would love to answer any questions you might have (or help you figure out what questions to ask).
For a limited time, you can check out our Quarantine Showcase page for photos of some of the more unique harps we have in stock right now, and let us know if you'd like to adopt one!Quarantine Showcase Page
FH36S in rare curly cherry
with Camac levers and a pickup installed
We can always tell a special harp by the spots of drool it collects as it's handled and admired by one envious craftsperson after another. (Just kidding! We can't drool through our masks.)
Our figured American black cherry comes from Pennsylvania, and as with any natural hardwood, the appearance can vary a lot from tree to tree. As we've said probably too many times before, one of the most fun parts about working with wood is gradually discovering the character of each tree as we cut, shape, sand, and finish it into an instrument. Cherry is particularly fun for us because we oil it before applying the lacquer, and that's when the figure really jumps out and catches the light.
Perhaps you can picture our jaws dropping when we first saw this harp in its finished state. We still can't walk by it without slowing down and gazing at it in awe. Dense, straight, "fiddleback" curl like this is really rare in cherry wood. In all our years of building with cherry, we've never seen this kind of figure come through our shop, and it's not generally available on demand in the sizes of boards that are needed to build harps.
We were able to make two harps out of the same log, and both are equally stunning. If you've been dreaming about the deep, warm, and powerful tone of a 36-string cherry harp, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Maybe you already have a cat to match!
More details about the FH36S model can be found here, and you're welcome to contact us if you have questions about or are interested in this particular harp. A full set of Camac sharping levers, the Dusty Harp Pickup, and a deluxe case are included.