I have built 42 dulcimers. My very first instrument I ever built was a 3 string dulcimer made from birch-ply in 2004. Then I made them from curly maple and cedar for a while, then cherry and red pine and now I use cherry or butternut. I have found that the larger width of this style of dulcimer seems more resonant than the hourglass style so this is what I make now.
These are both built to the same general design as all of the others I have built, though the cherry one (#41) is a bit narrower in the middle. #42 is my first dulcimer made from spalted maple, and it sounds very much like all of the other wood types I’ve tried, but it looks … Continue reading Dulcimers #41 and #42-$150
This is my most recent dulcimer. It’s made from solid butternut with a Tru Oil finish, a rosewood nut and bridge and a 27″ scale length. It’s tuned DAdd. Here’s a link to a video of a couple of of similar dulcimers I made a bit ago:
This dulcimer is made from cherry. The scale length is 27″ and the it is set up with four strings tuned DAdd. I can also make dulcimers from other woods if wanted. To see a video demonstration of two recent dulcimers I made please follow the link below:
This dulcimer was made from cherry in January 2017. The cherry came from the sawmill on the farm where I work and was cut from trees from the property. The bridge and nut are hop-hornbeam, which is a very hard wood. The scale length is 27″. The finish is Tru Oil, which builds to a … Continue reading Dulcimer #33, cherry-sold
This dulcimer was made from butternut in November 2016. The bridge is rosewood and the nut is Corian. The scale length is 27″. The finish is Tru Oil, which builds to a higher shine than the other oils I used to use and which can be easily sanded out and reapplied in the event that … Continue reading Dulcimer #32, butternut-sold
This dulcimer was made from cherry with a red pine soundboard in November 2016. The cherry and red pine came from the sawmill on the farm where I work and was cut from trees from the property. The soundboard has a couple of wormholes near the edge which may add character, you can see them … Continue reading Cherry dulcimer #31-sold
This dulcimer was made from cherry with a red pine soundboard in December 2015. The cherry on the dulcimer back is two-toned because cherry has white sapwood and red heartwood. The cherry and red pine came from the sawmill on the farm where I work and was cut from trees from the property. The nut … Continue reading Dulcimer #30-sold