HIS HARP’S DE­SIRE

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Af­ter fall­ing in love with the sound of the Nor­folk dul­cimer (a sort of flat harp, played with a pair of sticks), boat­builder

Jon Letcher dis­cov­ered a bro­ken one in a junk shop.

He mended it, us­ing his wood­work­ing skills, and with the money he got from sell­ing it, bought an­other to re­store. His hobby be­came a busi­ness. He helped build a replica of the 4,700-year-old Golden Lyre of Ur, de­stroyed by loot­ers in Bagh­dad in 2003. For 20 years he has also been mak­ing harps, such as this one made from cherry wood.

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