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Project by mountain934 posted 08-16-2012 09:44 AM 1321 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here`s another one of my unique homemade instruments…the neck was carved from a butternut tree limb. The body has thin ash wood top and bottom with poplar slabwood sides. I carved some bone details on this one as most of my instruments also have on. The under the body frame is black walnut. Sliced butternut shell soundhole covers in the corners on the top with carved shells on the bottom. A big bloodwood ” wood spirit ” carving on the back. Piezo pickup inside the body. I luv making these instruments with a natural look to them.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 11:17 AM

very cool. Is it fully playable then?

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

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mountain934

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 11:40 AM

Very much so…it has a great acoustic sound and awesome when plugged into my amp.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 12:45 PM

It is beautiful! I am sure it sounds great as well. I would love to hear it played, but . . .

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 01:17 PM

Another great one Randy! I’ve not had much building time here lately due to elderly/sickly parents but I’ve got a CB Dobro on the bench and hope to finish it in a couple of weeks or so.

-- Dennis, WV

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 02:24 PM

These look so good. You seem to have your own style. Congratulations.

helluvawreck
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-- 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 08-16-2012 04:31 PM

I notice that it’s fretted unusually. Is it tuned to a certain major/minor scale or mode?

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 07:46 PM

It`s fretted like a mountain dulcimer, they call instruments like this dulcimer strummers. Their held like a guitar with the strings set up reversed.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#8 posted 08-16-2012 11:39 PM

Stupendous! I would love to hear how it sounds! Great work God bless!

-- Brian M. Sharpe - http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCarpentersHands

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#9 posted 08-17-2012 08:22 PM

Exceptional skills you have. A truly fine example of wood worked artistry.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#10 posted 12-23-2012 04:01 AM

I like the neck, well the whole instrument. I wonder if a walnut limb could be used for the neck. I have never made anything like this. And I can’t play anyway
LOL

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#11 posted 12-23-2012 04:05 AM

As cool as it gets

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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