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Build Your Own Flemish Harpsichord

The instrument that is the subject of this e-book was built from October, 2008 to May 2009 (it is the small Flemish single that is detailed elsewhere in this website). During its construction, I wrote a series of non-technical articles for North Carolina describing the building process. At the same time, a four page article about my harpsichords appeared in the April/May 2009 issue of American Woodworker magazine. As a result of these two seemingly unconnected occurrences, I was inundated with e-mails, from the U.S. and abroad, asking for more information and construction details. I was reminded of the frustrations I felt when, in the early 1980's, I searched for technical help in building my first harpsichord. It soon became obvious that I couldn't keep up with these requests on an individual basis. Writing a book detailing the construction process seemed to be the only viable solution - and so the Harpsichord Project e-book was born.

When I started writing it, I didn't realize that it would take me 12 years, and over 1,100 pages and illustrations, to describe the building process with the level of detail I considered necessary for the first time builder. To the best of my knowledge, it is the most complete book of its kind ever written on the subject. If the possibility of building your own harpsichord appeals to you, click the link on the left for more information and to download a free demo version.