I got hooked on dulcimers about 40 years ago, and decided to try to make them. After a few years of making a traditional steam bent sides, I tried something rather radical, and began forming sides by cutting them out on a band saw. This opened a whole new world of unusual designs. I cut the sides in a serpentine fashion and even cut some at a 15 degree angle. Most of my fret boards are also cut in a similar serpentine fashion. I put a block of wood around each sound hole before I drill it, giving the illusion that the top is deeper than the standard 1/8 inch. Since the sides are at least 1/4 inch thick, I use my router to round off the sides. This gives them a starting to melt look. I stopped making them about 30 years ago, and started again 4 years ago. I resumed my odd ball style, and tried a few out of exotic hardwoods such as zebra wood canary wood and paduk. I have developed my own playing style of finger picking that does not require a pick. Mostly I play while watching TV, and rely on muscle memory to find the proper frets. Since I am running out of wall space and corners, I have been trying to sell some. Soon, I will be putting some on EBay and Etsy.
Yes, cost depends on what kind of wood you choose. 5 or 10 more than the list price. I have some customer that use 5 and 6 inch wood. I also cut wood for mandolin, guitar and strummers. All are different sizes length and width. Just email me, my email is listed with the wood ad.
Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to share ideas and listen to music. I hope you enjoy!
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Hi James, and welcome (back or once again?) to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Thus, I am sure you already know what a great site this is and all of the many great people here.
Hey James, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.