Ever since my first Lego set back when I was a kid, I have always been fascinated with designing and coming up with new ideas and potential inventions.
This passion coupled with the machines we have at our workshop means I love to be here creating and tinkering with new prototypes and designs.
It gives me the chance to create what I have always wanted to in my head and now with James, I get to show them off and maybe even help to inspire others to get creating too.
Ever since I was younger I have had a passion for all things fantasy and sci-fi, I am also a bit of a crafter. This pulled me into gaming and cosplay, which inevitably lead to me coming across Dungeons and Dragons.
Seeing how freeing it was to create a character and imagine them off on an adventure with friends it, wasn’t long before Michael and I decided to take the leap and start crafting our own trays and everything we need to run games ourselves.
Which has lead us to create Harps Corp so we can share our ideas and handcrafted products with the world, so people can have something very special and unique with them during any adventure they want to undertake!
Our Core Woods
This section is just to show off our Core Woods that we use at the workshop and some of our personal opinions of them.
The American Black Walnut could easily be one of the most attractive woods we use, it is our most popular choice when it comes to complimenting the others in a combination.
It can vary from light to dark chocolate brown in colour with a straight grain, but sapwood on the edges is much paler which can lead to some lovely flowing lines around the boxes.
Maple may be a pale wood but the amount of character in the grain can be truly amazing, depending on the type it can go from straight to wavy and curls in a matter for centimetres.
It works well by itself but put it with the contrast of Walnut and you have a stunning combination for a box.
Ash is a white to light brown colour hardwood. It has a prominent grain that resembles oak, has the most striking contrast of the woods we use. As the light wood coupled with the darker brown waves of the grain running through make it great for a DM Screen, as seeing the whole run of the grain across a full Screen is something special.
It blends well with Maple if you want a more subtle contrast.
We use American Cherry and it is the wood I would say has the most striking change over time, the more it is exposed to sunlight the darker and more intense it can get as it ages.
Making it a great wood to have in a box for a long time as the box ages with you and changes its character over time.
The darker red can be amazingly contrasted with its sapwood which is almost white in colour.
Oak is a classic, we don’t use it that often. Usually for our exclusive products when we sell at exhibitions But it adds a different dimension to the look of a box, not as dark as Walnut but with the wavy grain of Ash, it is a sturdy wood that stands the test of time and there is a reason it is one of the most widely used woods around.
Here at the workshop, we have a variety of machines that help us to create all of our hand finished products, here is just a little more about them.
CNC means Computer Numerical Control. A computer converts the design produced by Computer Aided Design software (CAD), into numbers. The numbers can be considered to be the coordinates of a graph and they control the movement of the cutter. In this way, the computer controls the cutting and shaping of the material. It moves along its precalculated path and dependant on the cutting head attached to the router it creates different effects or mills out in a different way.
Laser Cutting and Engraving
What is Laser Cutting?
Laser cutting is the process of directing a high powered laser, most commonly by mirrors, to focus the beam. This laser narrowed into a thin beam cuts/burns/melts through the material underneath it, attached to a gantry which can move in the x and y directions gives it the ability to cut out the material to whatever design has been uploaded to it.
There are different varieties of laser cutters available using different methods to cut through and engrave on materials, we at Harps Corp have a C02 laser cutter with a rating of 80W.
What is Laser Engraving?
Laser Engraving also referred to as raster engraving, uses much lower power and higher speeds to etch onto the top surface of the material, much like an ink jet printer moving back and forth to create an image into the surface.