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The Norwegian Kravik Lyre (or Kraviklyra) has been popularised by makers such as Sverre
The original instrument was believed to date to the 14th Century but was carbon dated to the 16th, even still it represents the late continuation of the plucked lyre in Northern Europe possibly at the end of the plucked lyre use locally before finally giving way to
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
Pine lyre bridges from
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 am offering either options, videos showing both on my Youtube. (Note: Most players are opting for Sverre Heimdal's reverse fitting pegs)
Keeping as close to the original, but built a little stronger and less likely to crack, making them from two sections of pine with the grain as the original but then a quartersawn piece for the head is dovetailed into the body., 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. the decoration is simple rustic chip carving and
£2000 ( $2610 / 2240 euros approx) plus shipping costs for the Kravik Lyre depending on location, I hand build the Kravik Lyres and the made top measure cases, usually takes 4-5 weeks of work in total including building a handmade case to fit, more time is needed if the hardwood option is added, In 2020 I was be building 6 a year at the very most, waiting times will vary depending on my order book backlog, usually booked up well in advance, message me through etsy or email for more information,
The instrument comes in a simple handmade pine and plywood
Strings are Fluorocarbon as standard but I am happy to 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
Do check out my cheaper "viking" lyre option with the Kravik lyre stringing for playing the same repertoire.
from mid 2020 I will be building these in small batches a few times a year then making these available on
Kravik 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
sgith - Nordic Lyre, Celtic Harp & Welsh Crwth
Chord chart for this piece(with thanks to Jean-Luc
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:
I currently build these by double dovetailing the arms/head section, this is so
use one piece of
Currently only carving out of softwood like the original. may consider hardwoods in the future.
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.
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