Mountain Dulcimer

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Project by ratchet posted 01-14-2011 05:11 PM 2323 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Haven’t posted a project in a while, and thought to include this one. Mountain Dulcimer Completed 12/2010. A member of the Charlotte Woodworkers Assoc. held a free Dulcimer building workshop. I jumped at the oppurtunity and completed this one. Made of Tiger/Ambrosia maple (soundboard), Walnut (sides and back). Paduak, Maple, Walnut, Ziricote (headstock, fretboard).
I’m told this one really sounds good.
The instructor is even giving a few lessons on how to play with the deal. I’m currently practicing “Big Rock Candy Mountain”.
Hope you like…comments welcome.

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 05:14 PM

Stunning work!

-- -=Den

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 05:39 PM

Nice job. I know those are fun to make. I use to make kits for a guy. Never learned how to play one though. No music talent here. Neat choice of woods.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 06:09 PM


I have one of these. It’s been years now since I have played it. Not all that difficult to be able to play a few songs here and there. ‘Course there are folks who can take any instrument and elevate it to the nth degree, which is fun to hear.

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 06:42 PM

You have yourself a great looking dulcimer. I have always admired dulcimer music, but felt one to be to mush to build. Yours turned out very well.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 07:02 PM

I love those dulcimers. That’s a pretty one so give us some Blue Grass. :)

-- 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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#6 posted 01-15-2011 06:16 AM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 07:11 AM

Awesome. I would like to see a little video of you playing this and singing to; “The big Rock Candy Mountain!”

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 07:14 PM

Very nice job. I built one a few years ago. Up to now I enjoyed building it more than learning how to play it. After seeing yours and you talking about practicing “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, I think I will get it out, wipe off the dust and play around with it again.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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