Door Harp

Make an ethereal entrance with this handcrafted door harp, made to emit a trio of tranquil notes when moved.
created by

Bob Murphy

$115.00

Bob Murphy created by

Bob Murphy

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A Warm Welcome

Some like their arrivals heralded with the sound of trumpets, some prefer something a little more soothing. Beautifully hand crafted from maple, padauk and canary wood, this ethereal harp by Bob Murphy emits a trio of tranquil notes as the hanging mallets hit the wire. The natural wood grain creates a uniquely organic instrument, while the fluid silhouette creates an eye-catching display when hung. Hang on your door so every visitor gets a warm welcome. Handmade in Grass Valley, California.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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Made in California

Bob Murphy

created by

Bob Murphy

location

California

When Bob Murphy retired as a house builder, he repurposed his woodworking skills to craft door harps. “Now I make much more expensive sawdust with all the exotic hardwoods I use,” he jokes. To create that sawdust—and, of course, the stunning instruments that welcome guests with warm tones—he turns to his studio’s heavy-duty machines. Those multitasking behemoths “keep me motivated to design and create new items each year,” he says. And if the tools ever fail to move him, there are the views. Recently, the California-based artist relocated the equipment from his shop to his mountain home on five country acres. “It gets up to a foot of snow in the winter with a 50-mile, 180-degree view of surrounding pine and oak trees,” he says. “That is inspiring by itself.”

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
wire, walnut wood, maple wood, cherry wood, canary wood, metal pins, padauk wood
Measurements
9.5" L x 6.5" W x 2" D
Care
Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Notes
Intended for indoor use only.
Item ID
26260

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UncommonGoodsDoor Harp
 
4.5

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (44)
  • Unique (33)
  • Durable (11)
  • Bright (6)
  • Easy to install (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gifts (27)
  • Living room (10)
  • Office (6)
  • Kitchen (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (25), High-end shopper (8), Budget shopper (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (39), No (15)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love the calming sound!

We almost returned this as it was difficult trying to figure how to hang it on our cut glass front door. If the keyhole would accept the thicker, upward turned hook on the new...Read complete review

We almost returned this as it was difficult trying to figure how to hang it on our cut glass front door. If the keyhole would accept the thicker, upward turned hook on the new 3M clear stick~on hooks, voila! But here's what we did; put a small nail into the oak door, made a loop of fishing line, put a SHORT screw, HEAD FIRST tightly into the keyhole and wrapped the fishing line around the screw threads, tying it on. Then, a small clear/tan round of velcro on the back and stuck it to the glass. (o:

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty, but little sound after having it for months

Very pretty piece of carpentry, but has its flaws. I purchased this many months ago, and put it aside pending a decision on how to hang it on my (custom) wood door...Read complete review

Very pretty piece of carpentry, but has its flaws. I purchased this many months ago, and put it aside pending a decision on how to hang it on my (custom) wood door -- reluctant to drive a nail in. Then I discovered 3M Command Strips (awesome things), and finally hung it. Well, the percussive sound that was high, bright, clear and crisp when I bought the harp was gone. I used the tuning tool to tighten the lax strings as much as I dared, but even though the sound improved -- the notes now higher, sharps instead of flats -- it was still quite dulled. I could barely hear it. So I fiddled with the tuning again, and one string broke with a pop. I was able to restring it (bloodied my fingers badly on the sharp wire). When I got it fully tightened, the original, bright sound was back. So I very carefully tightened the other strings. They both broke. When those were restrung they were louder, brighter, crisper. So buyer beware, these strings apparently suffer metal fatigue over time, and the sound will degrade. If they break there is enough extra wire wound around the pegs to restring them once, but wear safety goggles or large eyeglasses whenever you tune this harp!

A second issue is one of the wooden balls is strung in such a way that it does not bounce on its corresponding wire as the others do. It hangs from a static peg that is not adjustable, and the string emerges from a hole slightly on the side of the peg rather than the bottom. So the ball hits the wire incorrectly. That means I get only two repeating notes when the door is opened.

Would not buy this again.

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5.0

Lovely addition to the home

By 

from Winchester, VA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

      Beautifully made and sweet little notes when the door is opened or closed!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolute best wedding present

      By 

      from San Carlos, CA

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

          I received one of these 30 years ago as a wedding gift. It has hung on my front door ever since: greeting guests and reminding us, every time we enter and leave, of our love for each other, our wedding day, and the thoughtful friends who gave us this gift.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Door Harp

          By 

          from peoria illinois

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

              none

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I love the calming sound!

              By 

              from Elk Grove

              About Me High-end Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                  We almost returned this as it was difficult trying to figure how to hang it on our cut glass front door. If the keyhole would accept the thicker, upward turned hook on the new 3M clear stick~on hooks, voila! But here's what we did; put a small nail into the oak door, made a loop of fishing line, put a SHORT screw, HEAD FIRST tightly into the keyhole and wrapped the fishing line around the screw threads, tying it on. Then, a small clear/tan round of velcro on the back and stuck it to the glass. (o:

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Brought for my son, beautiful,I know he'll love it !

                  By 

                  from Illinois

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Clean
                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bedroom
                    • Gifts
                    • Outside

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                    I was so pleased when I saw the harp ,it was so well made and beautiful to look at ,my son likes unusual things and I know he'll love this !

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes

                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Pretty, but little sound after having it for months

                    By 

                    from California

                    About Me High-end Shopper

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                        Very pretty piece of carpentry, but has its flaws. I purchased this many months ago, and put it aside pending a decision on how to hang it on my (custom) wood door -- reluctant to drive a nail in. Then I discovered 3M Command Strips (awesome things), and finally hung it. Well, the percussive sound that was high, bright, clear and crisp when I bought the harp was gone. I used the tuning tool to tighten the lax strings as much as I dared, but even though the sound improved -- the notes now higher, sharps instead of flats -- it was still quite dulled. I could barely hear it. So I fiddled with the tuning again, and one string broke with a pop. I was able to restring it (bloodied my fingers badly on the sharp wire). When I got it fully tightened, the original, bright sound was back. So I very carefully tightened the other strings. They both broke. When those were restrung they were louder, brighter, crisper. So buyer beware, these strings apparently suffer metal fatigue over time, and the sound will degrade. If they break there is enough extra wire wound around the pegs to restring them once, but wear safety goggles or large eyeglasses whenever you tune this harp!

                        A second issue is one of the wooden balls is strung in such a way that it does not bounce on its corresponding wire as the others do. It hangs from a static peg that is not adjustable, and the string emerges from a hole slightly on the side of the peg rather than the bottom. So the ball hits the wire incorrectly. That means I get only two repeating notes when the door is opened.

                        Would not buy this again.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Just Beautiful !

                        By 

                        from Redmond, WA

                        About Me Midrange Shopper

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                            This particular door harp is exquisite, and beautifully crafted. The sound of the strings is soft and soothing. I will definitely buy this handcrafted piece again for gifts.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No, No

                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Beatuifully crafted & delightful to hear.

                            By 

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Midrange Shopper

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Install

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Bedroom
                              • Gifts
                              • Small Rooms

                              Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                              He had seen a door harp at a vacation house we rented & was intrigued by it's lovely tone. I surprised him with one for his birthday. He loves it!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes, Yes

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Door harp

                              By 

                              from Los Angeles

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                                  Beautiful design. Would not work on my door so I hung it on the wall.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No, No

                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Very unique gift and loved by bride and groom!!

                                  By 

                                  from St Stimons Island, Ga

                                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Easy To Install

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                                      This was an overwhelming success as a wedding gift for a very down to earth couple who enjoy interesting and earthy objects. They are very special people who have found each other and love the outdoors and nature.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • Yes

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