Irish music instrument made in USA
A Dublin woman has made her Irish music instruments, including a viola, harp, and flute, in a factory in the US.
The “artisan” instruments were made in the UK, where they were first produced in 1785.
In 2016, the company that makes them opened its new manufacturing facility in Brooklyn.
In an interview with the Irish Independent, the musician, who did not wish to be identified, said she has worked for the company since 2013.
“I started to use the instrument in a way that was not for profit,” she said.
“Now I am doing it to support a cause.
I started in a company that was for profit, but now I’m doing it for the community.”
The instruments are made from reclaimed wood, with the aim of producing affordable and sustainable products.
They are not sold commercially, but the owner of the company, Mary Pugh, said the aim was to provide affordable and ethical music instruments to children and families.
“The instrument is one of those things that’s made in Ireland for us to do,” she told the Irish News.
“It’s really nice to be able to play it.
It’s a little bit like playing a piano and it’s a lovely instrument.”
Ms Pugh said the company had raised the funding necessary to develop the instruments into an export business, but added that the goal was not to make a profit.
“We’re not selling them commercially and that’s not the intention.
That’s the intention of the makers of the instruments,” she explained.
“What we’re trying to do is give a service to people who are in need and give them a chance to make something of themselves.”
The first instrument, a violin, is made from recycled wood, while a harp and flutes are made in-house.
The owner of this Irish factory, Paddy McCarthy, told the Independent that he made a harpsichord and a flute.
“These are not just the traditional instruments we use to play,” he said.
The Irish Independent contacted the company for a comment, but received no reply.
The US has been a global centre for manufacturing for decades, and Irish manufacturers have a long history in the country.