Bird's Eye Maple Dulcimer

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Project by MattMize posted 08-11-2013 11:35 PM 1638 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished and tuned up this dulcimer about 20 minutes ago. The frog on the head was carved by a man in Bristol, Va at least 12 or 13 years ago for my granddaddy. He died before he had the chance to use it, so I made this dulcimer over the past two weekends. I really took my time to get all of the details and make it as presentable and playable as possible. I did all of the cutting, gluing, fretting, sanding and scraping last weekend and got it all put together and trimmed up. This weekend that’s just wrapping up I finished it, made the nut and bridge, and did all of the musical setup. The pictures that my phone takes definitely don’t do the grain justice, unfortunately.

I put some more pictures of the building process below.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 08-11-2013 11:58 PM


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#2 posted 08-12-2013 01:30 AM

Excellent job. She looks really good and it’s a touching story. I don’t know many Appalachian tunes but I have a few dozen in the back of my head. I’ll be hearing them accompanied by your sweet dulcimer. I suspect your grandpa will be hearing them too.

I’ve got to say that this a really great way to conclude a family chapter. Now a new one starts and the wood takes on a musical soul.

Well done on all levels!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 08-12-2013 02:50 PM

Beautiful work—outstanding!

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 04:24 PM

Impressive work! It’s a gorgeous instrument and the grains on the Maple really stand out.

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