Instrument maker and furniture restorer
Quality Restoration & Bespoke Handmade Furniture.
Based in the Cambridgeshire Fens, I design & make furniture to your specification and I am skilled in the restoration of antique furniture.

As well as all the traditional furniture making skills I can provide veneering, marquetry, woodturning and carving to a high standard. I am an experienced French Polisher and a maker and supplier of fitted furniture.

I also make Autoharps, Hammered Dulcimers and Banjos. Use the links below to view examples of my work.

Chromatic Autoharps

This is THE GRIFFIN a 21 bar basic chromatic instrument which comes as standard with a choice of either a Sitka Spruce soundboard or a quarter sawn Mahogany soundboard.
The Griffin has 3 mm saw cut veneered sides and is fitted with fine tuners as standard. It can be made as either a chromatic or diatonic instrument at no extra cost.
The bridges are Beech and the instrument features a clear bass scratch plate, Black chrome strap anchor points and Red chordbar felts.

An upgraded version is available on request with a Black French Polished soundboard & sides, a Mahogany back, chordbars , chordbar covers and buttons.

Custom built 21 bar chromatic Autoharp.
American Walnut back & sides, Canadian Yellow Cedar front. Laburnum bridges. Stripped Ebony chord-bars. Walnut bar end covers, buttons & fine tuner cover/ knee rest. Fitted with pickup.
Images taken by the owner.

Many of you will know Alec Anness from Cambridgeshire. He is a luthier and furniture restorer. I had the good fortune to be able to buy one of his autoharps. In fact it was one he had already made and is a Raven Plus and not his basic model. Those of you who were at the Suffolk weekend will have seen it and maybe, even played it.
I just wanted to put something into Notes to say how pleased I am with this instrument and to recommend Alec if you should be thinking of having a luthier made harp, either chromatic or diatonic. It has helped encourage me to continue trying to play this wonderful instrument. I cannot recommend Alec more highly. We had a fantastic time talking about music, harps, hammered dulcimers (which he also makes). Alec made Dave and me feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble. He knows the instrument so well.
Everything on the harp (other than some of the woods he uses) comes from the UK. The fine tuners, strings and even the metal parts for the wrenches are made locally to Alec's specification. A truly British made instrument that is as good, and some may say, better than some of the ones bought from the States. I would love one of his Diatonic harps too!! Thank you Alec.
This is taken from a short article by Anne Cole in UKA Autoharp Notes (spring 2016). Since writing the article she has purchased a second harp, a G/D diatonic.

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