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  Switching to new way to Order a Kravik Lyre from September 2017, message me if interested



Welcome to the KravikLyra section of my website, scroll down for pricing,  pictures, videos and information 

The Norwegian Kravik Lyre (or Kraviklyra) has been popularised by makers such as Sverre heimdal who has made over a hundred of these instruments and players such as Einar Selvik in the band Wardruna, and Kati Ran, 
The original instrument was believed to date to the 13th Century and represents the late continuation of the plucked lyre in Northern Europe before multi stringed harps and various Bowed instruments took over. 

kravik lyra

Carved of pine wood the original which had been hanging in a farmhouse in Numedal Norway had been restored a couple of times as the peg section had split off, first restored as an eight string but now corrected to a seven string lyre.  No soundboard survived.    
Pine lyre bridges from norway have been found which is the basic for this model. 

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kraviklyra in case

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Front fitting Pegs or reverse fitted pegs?
Sverre Heimdal worked this out first and others have also found they can get a greater break angle over the strings by running the strings to the back of the instrument,  fitted the other way they are parallel to the sounboard and there is less break angle,    My Instinct on this is while reverse fitting the strings  works well I feel the pegs fitted from behind with the strings in front is far more likely  given the way other similar instruments are set up, other lyres, Jouhikos for example,    The forward bending arms are also similar to a Welsh Crwth which also has strings that are parallel to the soundboard.  See the video samples below to see the differences.

I amback of kravik lyre offering either options,  videos showing both on my Youtube.  (Note: Most players are opting for Sverre heimdals reverse fitting pegs)            


lyre in green lined case
    

Keeping as close to the original, but  a little stronger and less likley to crack,  making them from two sections of pine dovetailed then hollowed out as one with a German spruce Soundboard and Cherry or Plum wood pegs.  These are carved out with Bowl carving gouges,  Spoon carving tools and whittled with knives.  Finished to an antique brown colour.   decoration is simple rustic chip carving and knifework, These go through a process of staining and sanding back and finishing to create a natural antique patina with a warm sound that improves with playing and time

prices 2017:  

£1150 ( $1500 / 1400
euros 
approx)  plus shipping costs for the Kravik Lyre depending on location,   

Instrument comes in a simple pine and plywood hardcase, painted antique black.   Lined in chenille or a crushed velvet fabric.  with tuning key

Strings are Fluorocarbon as standard but I am happy  fit all Gut Strings and tailpiece as an additional £100 extra.  i use gamut Lute strings on these currently,   These instruments now come with a simple hard case in pine and plywood, usually painted antique black and lined with chenille or a crushed velvet fabric

from Septemeber 2017 Instead of making to order one at a time as such I  am now building these in small batches a few times a year then making these available on etsy.  If you are interested in reserving one of these please contact me via my etsy shop below or email me.

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My standard range of instruments now on etsy,  usually available on a relatively short 4-6 months waiting time by keeping  down the options and materials,    Also available accessories and supplies for these instruments,.

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carving on kravik lyre
head

Videos


K
ravik Lyre introduction  Tuning of A c d e f g a




Kravik Lyre Chords: playing the Lyre



Reverse attached tuning pegs  example



Selection of Kravik Lyre tunings with examples 

Tuning of A c d e f g a  again: 

einar selvik uses this tuning in some of his performances with Wardruna:


Helvegen


Volupsa



 A  B  c d  e f# g     Tuning with    Maj-Lis Bogstrand Mogen



G Bb c d eb f# g     Tuning with   LEIF



G Bb c d eb f    Tuning

Valgaldr - Háleygir (Lyre)


Gut Strung Kravik Lyre:



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I currently build these by double dovetailing the arms/head section,  this is so i can
use one piece of scandinavain pine for the bowl, which is half a log but keep the quartersawn grain on the peg section.  (kravik lyres are vulnernable to cracking if the grain is flatsawn in the peg area)    I can also build these lyres in two halfs(like sverre heimdal does) or one piece but these will cost extra and take more time to do.
Currently only carving out of softwood like the original.  may consider hardwoods in the future.  

construction, inside the
instrument


If you are interested in making your own,   Kraviklyra plans are included on my 2016 Lyre Making DVD and are also available as a download.  

DVD Lyre making disc

Plans are to be found on my 2016 Lyre making DVD-ROM here:

PDF digital plans  also available as a direct download here:

I will add more information as tme allows,   please feel free to email if you have any questions.

lyre in box, close up