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We’re sad to say that Charlie and Hannah will be moving on in April. It was a day that was always going to come, they came for just a month, and that was 18 months ago! They’ll be off travelling and we wish them well.


So that means we need a new harp maker! We’re going to replace 2 part timers with one full timer. Have a look at the job description and email applications to if you want to apply.


Job Title: Harp Maker at Hands on Harps


A qualification in instrument making, or experience in the field

A passion for luthiery

A portfolio of work (5-25 images)

Comfortable with heavy machinery

Comfortable with sharing work environment with a variety of people

A sense of community spirit

The ability to work independently

Comfortable with computers

Proficient in, and accepting of, bad jokes

Two references

An up to date CV

Skills that would be helpful but not essential:

Experience with CNCs or technical drawing

Experience with finishing, including spraying

Experience in photography or social media

Sales and customer service skills

Writing skills

Admin experience


A UK driver’s license

Own car

Can play the harp or a willingness to learn

Synergistic Management Solutions



Job description

Hands on Harps’ goal is to make learning the harp affordable and accessible. We strive to do this ethically, so we only use ethical materials and do not outsource making our harps.  Our harps are made of FSC plywood, maple, and veneer. We are currently only producing 27 string lever and unlevered harps and will begin making our new 34 string lever harp next month!

Joining our team means you will be responsible for the production of harps.

You will need to be comfortable learning how to operating a CNC machine-training will be provided. Other necessary skills include use of router tables, band saws, irons for veneering, some understanding of grain direction for veneer trimming and also sanding.  We currently only do oil finishes but are exploring spray finishing. A love of luthiery is a must.

The work schedule will be 9-5 Monday to Friday. Finishing is often during the weekend due to workshop limitations but this can be flexible/shared.

While the majority of the work will be harp making, other business related skills would be beneficial.

We also occasionally market our harps at small festivals, which in the past have included London Early Music Show, Christmas Markets, Edinburgh Harp Festival, King’s Lynn Festival, Port Elliott Festival, and Tewksbury Medieval Fair (willingness to medieval is a bonus.)  If you can play the harp, or have skills in selling and customer relations this would also be a bonus. If you would be willing to learn the harp this would also be good-we can provide one and teach you.

An excellent candidate may even have experience in photography (amateur work is welcome to be submitted in a portfolio) and social media skills. If you have a Facebook or Instagram account for your woodwork this would be lovely to see. We also occasionally make funny videos; so once again, willingness to dress silly is a bonus.

We are located in the Nailsworth Community Workshop which also hosts a number of classes for children, special needs people and the general community. You must be happy to work in what is sometimes a very busy workshop, and also sometimes a lonely one.

Pay rate £8.75 per hour.

Portfolio & Cover letter

Please include a collection of 5-25 photos of your work. We are not expecting 5-25 instruments, just a good idea of what you have made.

In your cover letter please include how you chose luthiery as your path and why you think you would be an excellent harp maker.

Closing Date March 8th – Start date August 2018

Interviews will be held between March 23rd and March 31st

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