people have built fine instruments without any prior experience
first thing you need is an instruction book and plans drawn to scale.
I have prepared just such a book and plans, it is even translated
into English. An excellent complement to the book and drawings is
the film by Rita Leydon, "Build a Nyckelharpa with Sören
Åhker". These materials reflect many years of experience
in nyckelharpa building in addition to the help I received from
other harpa builders in the early years.
needed to build an instrument can be found here... Click