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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-09-2011 02:44 AM 1012 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a pair of dulcimer hammers made from osage orange with walnut handles. They are my first samples that I delivered to the lady that was the number 1 dulcimer player in Michigan a few years ago. I asked her to try them out and critique the design so the next ones will be ideal and then I’ll add the scroll saw designs in the head.
They have a thin piece of leather glued on one side to dampen the sound. They are finished with Deft clear gloss lacquer

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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#1 posted 06-09-2011 02:51 AM

Nice work. There used to be a comedy routine from the 60’s about living in a Dulcimer that was decorated in Danish Modern. When he got a better job, he was going to move into a viola… Kind of a George Carlin routine. NOthing to do with your work but… ;0)

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

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 03:02 AM

They look nice. Although, I had to Google dulcimer as I had no idea what a dulcimer was.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 06:04 AM

These look great and I bet they will make a wonderful sound on the dulcimer!!

Thanks for Sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 06:08 AM

Looks like a great project Jim although I have no idea what a dulcimer is. Not an Aussie invention.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 12:46 PM

Very interesting. Quite honestly I have not seen a dulcimer. Is it something like a harp?

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 12:57 PM

Jim, I just did a search for dulcimers and you tube has a number of clips. Now I’m a bit more educated. Sounds good … very relaxing.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#7 posted 06-09-2011 01:11 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9HnRZlMiKQ&feature=related

Never heard of it before, but yes it can be really amazing.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 06-09-2011 01:15 PM

Check this:

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 06-09-2011 04:02 PM

Thanks for finding this video, Mads. I never thought of that. There are two ladies that play them in our RV park in Arizona. They are amazing how fast they can hit those little strings accurately!! The two dulcimer hammer makers in our area died in the last year so I thought I could make them hammers if they need them. You may see more in the future…....Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 06-09-2011 04:17 PM

Jim, these look very nice. I love Dulcimers and you did a great job.

Mads, thanks for providing the beautiful video.

-- 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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#11 posted 06-09-2011 05:45 PM

;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 06-10-2011 08:52 AM

Nice! I love the sound of a dulcimer.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#13 posted 06-11-2011 02:48 AM

Nice work Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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