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Geoff; WelhamCeltic and Paraguayan harp maker

Geoff Welham has become one of Australia's leading harp makers. He has perfected the art of teaching people to build their own beautiful harps in group workshops. He lives on the North coast of New South Wales. This page includes Geoff Welham's biography, how he came to make harps, and his current activities.

Geoff Welham's 2020 Harp making workshop dates:

Autumn: Dates TBC
Spring: Dates TBC.
... All at  Nymboidia N.S.W. Applications and deposits due 3 weeks before workshop starts. Application forms available early 2020. Basic prices ; 26 string W/S $950, 31 string $1150, 36 string $1550. Small increases may apply for 2020.


Geoff Welham has   become one of  Australia's leading  harp makers.

Geoff has been a woodworker all his life. and since arriving in Australia in 1964 has turned bamboo mulga and worked in furniture manufacture as a wood turner. He has also been a self employed furniture designer and maker crafting countless commissions for Clarence Valley residents since 1981 when he settled at Copmanhurst near Grafton in Northern NSW Australia.

Having made a few stringed instruments previously, Geoff started making harps in 1996 after a friend asked about obtaining one for his children. In 1997 he attended a harp making workshop by Victorian master harp maker Andy Rigby and picked up the rudiments of the Paraguayan/Celtic style. Since then harp making has become a full-time occupation with sales and commissions throughout Australia.

Geoff has exhibited and sold harps at the National Folk Festival in 2001 and 2003. thus extending his circle of contact with the harp making /playing world. He also teaches harp making and has been running five day courses since 2000 at his workshop in Copmanhurst. Northern NSW Australia.

Geoff has also exhibited and and given presentations at the 2003  Sound Builders instrument makers exposition in 2003.

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