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

The Norwegian Kravik Lyre 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.
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. 
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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.   

  Kravik lyre

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            

 This year I will likely be making around 4- 5 of these Instruments,  selling through etsy.  These should be available 2-3 months from ordering

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

Starting prices:   £1125 / $1400 / 1300 euros     shipping costs for the Kravik Lyre, front or rear pegs, supplied with tuning key ands a spare set of strings.

Strings are Fluorocarbon as standard but I am happy  fit Gut Strings as an additional £40 extra.   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

To order a Kravik Lyre see my etsy pages:


Lyre Shop

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,.

Kravik lyre back

head of lyre



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:



 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)

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You can always have a go at making your own,   plans are included on my 2016 Lyre Making DVD

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.

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