Nyckelharpas

Earl builds quality nyckelharpas for intermediate and advanced players of all genres of music, including Swedish traditional. He builds both the standard full size and a slightly smaller size for small adults or older children. He is currently developing 4-rowed nyckelharpas, both violin and viola ranges. Tenor nyckelharpas (4-rowed, 1 octave below the violin range), based on the Johan Hedin model are available, as are beginner and intermediate 4-rowed soprano instruments. The intermediate soprano can have either the normal key set (7,10,10,20) or the advanced key set (10,12,14,22). The advanced soprano body should be done sometime in the fall of 2017. A 4-rowed alto is being worked on at this time. He uses wood from North America with natural and varied grain patterns, some of which is highly figured. The instruments are finished to bring out and enhance the natural beauty in the wood. Attention is given to keep the instrument reasonably light weight, while maintaining superior sound quality and playability.

We live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. If you are traveling in the area and wish to see what is currently available, or try out an instrument to see if it is something you might like, you are welcome to stop by for a visit. Please call Earl to make sure he is home.

Earl has 30+ years of woodworking experience and an engineering background. He is now working on instruments full-time. We traveled to Sweden in 2011 to study nyckelharpa building and repair with Esbjörn Hogmark. In 2012, we attended the Master Builder's workshop in Tobo, Sweden. In the summer of 2013, Earl attended a workshop on French Violin Bow making to improve the bows we are making. In October of 2013, we attended the 10th annual International Days of the Nyckelharpa at Academy Burg Fürsteneck in Germany. While in Europe, we were able to visit nyckelharpa builders in Germany and France. We traveled again to Sweden in 2014 where Earl attended the Master Builder's workshop in Tobo, and obtained additional plan sets for various instruments. We went to Germany again in 2015 to the 12th International Days of the Nyckelharpa, where we were able to connect with other builders and players.

(Page last updated on 5/06/2017)