05DEC12

05DEC12–OA-2 Modern Lyre, OA-1 and the Anglo-Saxon lyre . . .

Howdy folks, I was sick with a rhinovirus of some sort last week and in the wake of that got sick again today with some kind of gut infection . . . but I still managed to get some work done and am only slightly delayed.  I include here some updated pictures of the 2 lyres I’m working on (the oa-2 and the AS-1) as well as a bit fuzzier pic of Blossom’s progress on the OA-1.

The OA-1, a Modern Lyre

The OA-1, a Modern Lyre

 

This is the companion to the other design that you see on our homepage in the background image.  At customer request, it is finished with organic flax oil.

Also on my workbench is this Anglo-Saxon lyre (yes, another Sutton Hoo replica), but it is in fact in a much further stage of completion than the photo indicates.  I’d say I have the majority of the hand-sanding done and am about to apply finish:

Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon Lyre replica

Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon Lyre replica

 

Lastly, we have an OA-1 (our flagship lyre) about to go into the finish room. I have inspected it at various points throughout the building process and can pronounce it perfect in every way. An awesome first major instrument from a talented apprentice!

The OA-1, another modern lyre unique to our shop.

The OA-1, another modern lyre unique to our shop.

 

I will expect to get back out to the shop again this weekend and move forward on all of these projects after what has been a difficult 2 weeks of sickness, car repair and website redevelopment (not to mention a loaded schedule at my day job).  (Hoists glass)  here’s to leaving the day job behind and doing what we love!  And that means all of us–you too!

Dänae


4 Comments

  1. I enjoyed this post and also wanted to point out that I really like the design and feel of your site. I am using wordpress as well on my blog but have been looking for a template like this which is much better than what I have.

    • Daecghnaegh

      It was done by CAClarke, with whom I am much impressed. If you want to know more about her services, I can put you in touch. She’s not cheap, but she definitely knows what she’s doing.

  2. Please let me know the sizes & prices of your lyres. Do you have a 19 string one that’s not too big? I like the Orphic ones, but they may be bigger than I’d want. Do you use nylon or metal strings?

    Thank you!
    Kristen

    • Daecghnaegh

      Hello,

      you wrote:

      Please let me know the sizes & prices of your lyres. Do you have a 19 string one that’s not too big?

      At the moment, we do not have as many lyres in the show room as we can build. Of course, we can create a custom model for your (and probably add it to our line) if you can point out what sort of thing might interest you–a page or picture from the web will do nicely for that.

      I like the Orphic ones, but they may be bigger than I’d want.

      It is not out of the question to scale it down a bit and redesign it for 19 strings.

      Do you use nylon or metal strings?

      Metal. 80/20 bronze wound and nickel steel plains. Great sound and simple to replace.

      Let us know how we can help.

      Dänae Spencer, master Luthier at Orphic Airs

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