UPDATES: 2018 New Anglo Saxon Lyre kits available in stock, all Maple, easier to assemble, now more options for pegs and string types, see Lyreshop page here
My standard range of instruments now on etsy, usually available 4-5 months waiting time by keeping down the options and materials, Also available accessories and supplies for these instruments,.
Plans are available for instant download in PDF format, designed to be printed out on home printers. Wide overlaps to help collate the drawings. Support provided by email. These are my best and current models of instruments.
Kantele Making, Lyre Making DVD and Stick Dulcimer Making DVD's are available still as discs, but can also be supplied on USB flash drive for those without DVD players.
My New Lyre kits are based on the Sutton Hoo shape used on my Standard and Student lyres in one piece of maple , routed to shape with the soundboard now thicknessed to size, All you need to do is sand and glue the top on(glue provided) easy to assemble and great sounding lyre with several choices of strings and pegs as options, includes lyre pegs, strings, glue and lyre bridge and tailpiece. Videos on youtube to show construction, (no longer have to plane the soundboard though) includes notes and the the Lyre making DVD. on sale here:
11 String Kanteles are one of my favourite Instruments. This year I am supplying a free copy of the tutor book by Arja Kastinen with each order placed. This is a fabulous, great sounding and playing Kantele made with Cherry wood frame, Cedar soundboard and hard beech pin block for reliable tuning complete with the Tuning Key mounted underneath, the culmination of my 16 years making Kanteles, now added to my etsy page for quick order or with a through my website if you require a case or extra decoration like runic inscriptions.
My Student lyres are now available to order direct through etsy.com, These simple models sound as good as the decorated models but are made to order and available usually 1-2 months. These Maple topped lyres provide you with a versatile toolkit to explore different tunings and pitches. These feature the same hide glued maple tops as my more expensive lyres but have a machine routed body from a solid plank. Wooden pegs as standard, harp pins or gut strings also optional. The plans this Student model is based on the Sutton Hoo shape, found on the 2016 Lyre making DVD Also available as a lyre kit without the plain metal bands.