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Project by HallTree posted 02-03-2008 10:50 PM 2614 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a new member or Lumberjocks I thought I would show-off my latest project. The top, bottom, and sides are 1/8” Walnut. The Fret Board is Wenge. The front and back is ‘Book-Matched’. After building the Dulcimer I decided that it needed a protective case. That is also made from Walnut (1/2”). The case turned out so nice I thought it also needed to be protected. NO! I have gone far enough, thats it, I’m done. It sounds great. I enjoyed making the Dulcimer more than learning to play it. That’s another project some day.
The shape is my own design. The rest of the idea’s and how to make it I got from typing in ‘handmade Dulcimer’ in ‘Google’.

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

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#1 posted 02-03-2008 10:56 PM

Very nice, great workmanship, I would like to hear it, if it sounds as nice as it looks.

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 02-03-2008 11:01 PM

Nice instrument and nice case for it. Great job.

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#3 posted 02-03-2008 11:10 PM

This is a gorgeous instrument. I am sure that your musical skills are at least equal to your woodworking skills. It would be interesting to see a post on the construction involved in something like this.

Maybe next time?

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-03-2008 11:10 PM

I am SO impressed…... beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 02-04-2008 12:02 AM

Beautiful dulcimer and case. I’d like to get into making instruments one day.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-04-2008 02:31 AM

terrific posting

welcome to lj’s

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 02-04-2008 02:50 AM

build one….I never even heard of one….......... Nice job on it though ….and nice choice of woods too.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 02-04-2008 01:10 PM

Nothing else but excellent Halltree. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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#9 posted 02-05-2008 08:02 AM

Thanks for the comments.
Actually it is called an ‘Appalachian Dulcimer’, or a ‘Mountain Dulcimer’. It is played by strumming it while placed on one’s lap. After building it I wanted to build a ‘Hammered dulcimer’. It is a larger instrument with about 60 strings that is placed on a tilted stand and is played with two small wooded hammers. BUT, my wife says to first learn to play the ‘Mountain Dulciner’.

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

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 11:32 PM

Nice project Ron! Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 03-09-2008 02:43 AM

Ron, what a neat looking dulciner. Those that never had the opportunity to hear one, you have definately missed out. Mountain music at it’s best OuhRaah!! Semper Fi!!!!


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#12 posted 03-23-2008 10:30 AM

Ron, aka halltree: that’s pretty slick!
my wife has been after me to make a dulcimer for her and the kids to play around with,but I have put it off for a few years because I , inspite of my wife’s glowing faith in my abilities, I think that instrument making is still a little bit out of my reach tool wise, although that hasn’t kept me from looking over pics and plans. It looks great, can I ask what glue you used?, did you steam the wood to bend it and for how long? did you make a jig to build it in to keep the form or what?
How long did it take to make? It looks good enough to sell… maybe if it wasn’t a real pain in the—- you could make and sell them bidded out on ebay.
just for giggles and grins, take it by a music shop and see what they’d offer for it, but don’t initially tell them you made it, you’ll get a more honest appraisal…From the pics, I’d say it’ll do well considering that there is also a nice case to go with it!

-- Sometimes my wife wishes that she was a block of wood... ;-)

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#13 posted 05-02-2008 02:13 PM

That is an exceptional dulcimer! The dulcimer is one of my favorite instruments, such a unique sound. I’ve only had a chance to play one once, but I play mandolin/fiddle/bass/bass fiddle some. Mandolin and Dulcimer are really spiritual instruments to play in my opinion, and it looks like you had a great journey while crafting this beautiful Dulcimer. Thanks for posting!

-- Location: Lincoln, AL

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#14 posted 05-02-2008 02:20 PM

All I can add is a huge big WOW !! Way beyond my stuff.

-- Ageingwood - No time , retired

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#15 posted 05-07-2008 05:25 AM

great craftsmanship on all of your items here !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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