Geoff Welham has become one
of Australia's leading harp makers.
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.
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
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.
also exhibited and and given presentations at the 2003 Sound Builders
instrument makers exposition in 2003.