Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer #1

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Project by johnstoneb posted 03-15-2017 02:48 PM 1321 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first try at an Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer. Front and back are fiddleback maple, sides, tail piece and tuning head are walnut with a padauk fretboard. Finished with clear shellac.
I had a lot of fun with this build learned some new things and will build some more of them.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 03-15-2017 02:58 PM

Very beautiful instrument. Well done. Build a Strumstick some time. They are fun also.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 03-15-2017 03:08 PM

Cool. Would like to hear it some time.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-15-2017 03:09 PM

Wow! What a beautiful dulcimer.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 03-15-2017 04:12 PM

A very professional looking dulcimer Bruce. Nobody would have guessed that this was your first attempt.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 03-15-2017 04:37 PM

From instrument to shed and from shed to instrument. A great different. I like it Bruce. Making instruments isn’t that easy. I hope it sounds okay.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#6 posted 03-15-2017 04:56 PM

that is a gorgeous dulcimer very nice work.they make beautiful music,by chance do you also play one?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 03-15-2017 05:03 PM

Now you need the “fatigued hat and the one strap old bib overalls to go with it.

Very nice looking instrument!

-- just rjR

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#8 posted 03-15-2017 05:37 PM

Very.very nice Bruce. Congratulations on a beautiful job!

I can tell you are an accomplished and patient craftsman. Now, aren’t these just fun to build?

-- "Never let your dogma get run over by your karma!"

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#9 posted 03-15-2017 05:59 PM

They are fun to build and I don’t know how to play one but I might work on that.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 03-15-2017 06:04 PM

Fantastic build. A beautiful instrument.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 03-16-2017 02:57 AM

you have a talent for this kind of thing. the dulcimer is a work of art. i used to play the dulcimer. has a beautiful sound. what kind of tuning knobs did you use??

-- wiser1934, new york

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#12 posted 03-16-2017 06:38 AM

Wow – a Luthier is born right before our eyes. I’ve always had great admiration for the Craft. They have to make the wood sing. Experiment with different style sound holes. I have an old one from Asheville, NC (I grew up in Charlotte) that has doves in flight as soundholes and it sounds great but It is nowhere near as beautiful as that puppy and mine is gen-U-ine Bonafide Hillbilly. My hat’s off to ya Bruce. Would love to hear it as well as lot of folks here. Do you play?

-- ~ Ancora imparo! ~

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#13 posted 03-16-2017 08:29 AM

WOW a work of art, congrats to you!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 03-16-2017 10:54 AM


-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#15 posted 03-16-2017 02:08 PM

WOW!! Beautiful, Bruce! I, too, would love to hear it.

-- God bless, Candy

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