Bob Murphy
Swedish door harps

The door harp originated in Scandinavia, primarily in Sweden and has evolved over at least three centuries. Some estimate these ornaments have been made for as long as 700 years, derived from a few styles of Chinese stringed instruments called the guqin and the ruan. Bob Murphy uses figured cherry and walnut for the door harp bodies and exotic woods for his inlayed styles.  His studio, located in Grass Valley, California, at an elevation of 3000', is named Moon Mountain Woods because of the inlaid scene on many of his harps showing a moon over mountain tops. Meant to hang on the back of a door, these harps offer a beautiful sound whenever someone enters the room.