tHE PARTSof an Anglo Saxon Lyre
The Overall Instrument:
- Top to bottom = 490 millimeters
- Widest point = 200 millimeters
- Narrowest point = 180 millimeters
- Depth of body = 29 millimeters
- Headstock to top of body = 295 millimeters
- Arms = 30 x 25 millimeters
- Soundboard is 2 millimeters thick at its thinest and 5 millimeters thick in the centre under the bridge to aid the transfer of the resonance of the vibrating strings.
The body is made from a piece of solid American White Oak and the soundboard is a piece of Maple wood. The tail piece is English Walnut and the bridge is again American White Oak carved from an offcut from the body. The soundboard to body 'cover supports' (diagonal pieces on the arms) are copper as are the body tacks which are for ornamentation only as the body and face of the Lyre are glued in place. The tuning pegs are actually Celtic Harp pegs but the originals would have been wood. I have used these pegs simply because it makes it easier to tune up and maintain that tuning rather than the vacariousnous of wooden pegs.
Originally the Head would have been a seperate piece of wood from the main body and joined by a jointed technique. I, and many makers now with modern tools, prefer to make the body and head out of one piece of wood for resonance and strength.