Profession harp maker

Harp makers create and assemble parts to create harps according to specified instructions or diagrams. They sand wood, measure and attach strings, test quality of strings and inspect the finished instrument.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Metalworking

    The process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures.

  • Musical instruments

    The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.

  • Types of strings

    Vibrating elements that generate sounds in string instruments. They can be classified into two categories, namely the decorative and the wound strings, and they can be made of different materials such as steel, gut, silk or nylon. Winding materials include aluminium, chrome steel, silver, gold and copper.

  • Tuning techniques

    Tuning pitches and techniques and musical temperaments for the various instruments.

  • Musical instruments materials

    The characteristics of composite materials, felts, glues, leathers and skins, metals and precious metals, woods and wood derivatives to create musical instruments.

Skills

  • Tune stringed musical instruments

    Tune any parts of stringed musical instruments that are off-key, by using various tuning techniques.

  • Create smooth wood surface

    Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.

  • Sand wood

    Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.

  • Decorate musical instruments

    Create designs on musical instruments by using methods such as embossing, piercing, painting, woodworking, weaving, and other methods.

  • Assemble musical instrument parts

    Assemble parts together such as the body, strings, buttons, keys, and others to create the final musical instrument.

  • Restore musical instruments

    Restore old musical instruments to their original condition and conserve them in that state.

  • Produce harp components

    Choose the appropriate tonewood and other materials and tools, and build the different harp parts such as the column, sound board, pedals, tuning pins and strings.

  • Join wood elements

    Bind wooden materials together using a variety of techniques and materials. Determine the optimal technique to join the elements, like stapling, nail, gluing or screwing. Determine the correct work order and make the joint.

  • Maintain musical instruments

    Check and maintain musical instruments.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Repair musical instruments

    Attach new strings, fix frames or replace broken parts of musical instruments.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Create musical instrument parts

    Design and create parts such as keys, reeds, bows, and others for musical instruments.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply restoration techniques organic building materials 3d modelling design musical instruments pass on trade techniques stain wood technical drawings play musical instruments history of musical instruments select restoration activities musical instrument accessories estimate value of musical instruments estimate restoration costs acoustics verify product specifications dye wood trade in musical instruments identify customer's needs evaluate restoration procedures