“Blessed are You, G-d, our Lord, king of the universe, who has this in His world"
(Traditional blessing upon seeing a beautiful creation, B. Brachot 58b)
All of the woods we use to build our harps are in their authentic color, just as they are found in nature. We do not stain, bleach or dye any of the woods we use to build our harps. Who can improve on the beautiful color of natural wood that G-d created?
We choose our woods first for their sound quality and secondly for their visual beauty. Therefore the sound quality of all of our harps is among the most excellent in the world.
While all of these woods have the finest resonance and clarity, there are minute differences in the musical character of each one. We have noted these nuances so that people for whom this is important can choose what they feel would be best for them.
EUROPEAN CHERRY WOOD
Cherry is a light reddish brown hardwood with varying shades. The sound is warm and clear.
CANADIAN MAPLE WOOD
The colors of the wood range from cream to light, warm blonde with interesting grain patterns. The sound is sweet, clear and pure.
EUROPEAN WALNUT WOOD
The heartwood ranges from a dark tan to a deep chocolate brown. The sound is rich, vibrant and clear.
The color is deep, varying from a medium to dark rich brown with beautiful grain patterns. Sometimes the wood also includes cream to ivory accents which we include upon request, called Two-Tone Rosewood. The character of the sound is rich, deep, and clear.
ISRAELI CYPRESS WOOD
Cypress is a warm, golden blonde wood that is pure and fragrant. In addition to its clarity, the sound has beautiful tonality and the resonance is pure and strong.
ISRAELI OLIVE WOOD
The characteristic swirling grain patterns range in color from every shade of golden blonde to medium brown. The sound is remarkable and clear, with excellent tonality and resonance.
Every family of trees varies in its own spectrum of shades (depending on nutrients in the specific earth they are grown in, etc.). Let us know if you have a preference, even among certain woods, for a lighter or darker shade. If it is available, we will use the shades of the individual wood that you love best to build your harp.
Cherry is a member of the rose family; and just like a rose it's simply beautiful.
Maple is a wood of strength, sweetness and purity.
Walnut is part of the Juglandaceae family, related to the pecan and hickory trees.
Israeli Rosewood is a beautiful tree native to Israel. One of the distinguishing features of the rosewood family is its beautiful fragrance similar to a rose that continues to emanate through the lifetime of the wood.
Cypress trees are among the oldest types of trees in the world. Israeli Cypress is referenced in the Bible as the wood that David’s personal harp was built from: “David and the entire House of Israel were rejoicing before Hashem with all kinds of cypress-wood instruments” (Samuel II 6:5).
Israeli Olive is among the most ancient of our wood choices, well-known for its remarkable beauty and historical roots. The pieces we choose to build our harps from are especially hand-selected, premium quality, and carefully aged to keep this special wood in pristine condition.