Ken Hulme

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Location: Fort Myers, FL
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A retired Technical Writer, I live aboard a 26 ft sailboat (called ManCave)  in Fort Myers, Florida.  I'm a working Personal Chef and writer (these days) of historical fiction and general non-fiction.  

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Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bar chords":
"I don't play that style, but a number of years ago I had the privilege of meeting and watching Norris Bennett of the Ebony Hillbillies, a New York City..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"It depends on the "chord chart" you have.  Is it showing one or two chords per measure of music like most guitar "accompaniment?  Or one chord for each note..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Playing in other keys":
"My guitarist friends would say that if I tuned my dulcimer to Mixolydian CGc  or Bagpipe Ccc, and then proceeded to play an Ionian Mode tune who's scale..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The technician and the artist":
"I think it's a two-handed sword.   If the left hand does not get the right note(s) held for the correct amount of time (technical), the best strum/pick..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How does humidity affect a mahogany dulcimer?":
"Putting humidifiers in a closed case isn't such a good idea in dry climates (or any climates) as you've seen majajog.   Keeping a dulcimer in its case..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How does humidity affect a mahogany dulcimer?":
"Having lived in hot-humid climates worse than Hawaii, and currently living on the water on the Gulf Coast of Florida, I can say this -- when you move from..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"There are quite a few good luthiers here a FOTMD who might be willing to take on your re-fret job if you ask.  Start a new thread in the General or Building..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"There are hundreds of luthiers who use a variety of fret materials, you don't have to have McSpadden replace the frets.  Ask around and see who uses..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Am I hearing an echo? Great silkie ":
"The Irish rune that I know as The Great Silkie is not the same as She Moves Through The Fair; although if the meter is right you could probably sing on with..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on no longer a beginner?:
"Personally I don't like the whole beginner/intermediate/advanced thing.  BUT (and yes that's a big BUT) workshop and festival teachers/organizers need some..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stand-Up Stands":
"Well, I gave the stand it's inaugural use last night at Open Mic -- by our standards it was chilly too!  Anyway, the stand worked great even though the plank..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "noter/drone 6 string dulcimer players?":
"What Folkcraft says about their six-string is: "When we string up six-string instruments here in the shop, we use two .011 strings for the melody course,..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What are you reading right now?":
"The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook by Amy Riolo, published by the American Diabetes Assoc that Lady Sally picked up at a recent diabetes conference she..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blizzard in Northeast/March 14th 2017":
"Strawberry Lemonade for me -- it's going to be sunny and 70s down here..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stand-Up Stands":
"Ireland and Scotland both seem still VERY tied to their "folk" traditions, much more so that England and America.  Conversely, we seem to take great pride in..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stand-Up Stands":
"Marg-- these are similar to a luggage stand (we have one for our AirBnb rental cabana) but much taller -- at least the height of a conventional table. Val..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Stand-Up Stands":
"So...  I'm putting together a presentation/performance on the history of Dulcimers and the Child Ballads in Americana, which I'll be presenting at our local..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Just intonation and limitations":
"True dat, Robert!  He probably would end up with ET, since a tuner is usually set for A=440."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Just intonation and limitations":
"Yes, a string and a tuner will work well to set the fret positions. If you advertise a JI scale dulcimer as "may not play well with others" and an..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fine Tuner Beads -- a Primer Needed!":
"Laurel -- when I google "dulcimer tuning beads", your avatar photo here shows up!! marg:  between the Bridge and end of the dulcimer, the strings slope..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Just intonation and limitations":
"Bob - no one but a custom builder would make a you a pre-slotted JI fretboard, certainly not Folkcraft.  I had DanC make me a JI fretboard with staple frets..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Just intonation and limitations":
"I play mostly by/for myself, and love the JI dulcimer I built last year."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Finger patterns for playing chords - beginner question":
"We hold this truth to be self evident: there is no right way or wrong way to play the dulcimer -- just the way that works for you. Don't get hung up on one..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Most inspiring live workshop/lesson you've ever had?":
"Fifteen or so years ago, at the Southwest Dulcimer Festival in Dewey, AZ, I had an impromptu "lesson" with Robert Force, Alan Darveaux and Stephen Seifert at..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Recommendations for new strings and new a bridge?":
"Cripple Creek, to the best of my knowledge, never uses stains on their woods -- almost no one in the dulcimer building world does unless they are making..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Galax dulcimer for sale":
"To send messages to each other, you first have to "Friend" each other."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite FOTMD smiley?":
"The Dancing Man always reminds me of Mr. Bojangles."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Recommendations for new strings and new a bridge?":
"Dusty's got the string gauges right, that's for certain; or as right as anyone can be without knowing the VSL of your instrument(s).  There is a right way..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite FOTMD smiley?":
"  Not that I use this that often, but it is my favorite; wish there was a way to use it other places!"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 57
Posted a new Comment on What is it that you like about playing Noter Drone?:
"DO NOT take all three strings off, then put 3 new ones on.  Bad things can happen -- replace one string at a time! NEVER turn a tuning knob if the string..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Stringing Mystery on Vintage Dulcimer:
"John's response is right -- you could remove the old string pins, fill and re-drill.  But if it re-strings alright and sounds OK, then why bother?  It's..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fine Tuner Beads -- a Primer Needed!":
"Tuner beads DO work, even in a short area (depends on the size of the bead and angle of string slope.  Flat sided beads are best.  You can even carve tapered..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 57
Posted a new Comment on What is it that you like about playing Noter Drone?:
"Can't quite tell from the photo; but.... If it's on your lap, tuning head to the left, and the thickest string is the farthest and a thin string is..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on White walnut with sapele stripe:
"Yes, White Walnut and Butternut are two regional names for Juglans cinerea.  "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 57
Posted a new Comment on What is it that you like about playing Noter Drone?:
"Laurel;  back in the day -- forty years ago -- I taught myself to play N&D style from Jean Ritchie's The Dulcimer Book, the only book available at the..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Hulme

Size of Music Wire?


What number of "music wire" are you buying to make strings the...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

Sherrie's Broken Dulcimer


On the Care & Maintenance Wall, Sherrie H wrote: I purchased a...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Hulme

Tribute Album Announcement


Got this from the Compass Records website. To be released in...
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 7
Ken Hulme

Effects of Fretboard Arches


Anyone interested in the effects of various kinds and sizes of arches...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Hulme

Beginner Instrument?


byRoger Goode Hi all.. I am starting the methodical process of...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 10
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O, I'm A Good Old Rebel


...well, not me personally, although I do live in The South. This tune...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 10
Ken Hulme

Recycled Dresser Drawer


Here's a "scrap" dulcimer I built when I lived on Kwajalein Atoll from...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 3
Ken Hulme

$25 Box Dulcimer For First Time Builders


Here's a link to an article written by Dave-M from Phoenix, AZ several...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 31
Ken Hulme

Achieving that Olde Tyme Sounde


So you're looking for that traditional "high silvery" sound. Your...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Hulme

Reverse Tunings - theory


Someone please explain - in words of one syllable - how it is possible...
@Ken Hulme 7 years ago - Comments: 26

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Stand-Up Stands

Posted: Thursday March 16 2017, 8:51 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Visit With Kusani

Posted: Monday January 16 2017, 9:42 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Thanksgiving Menu

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 10:28 AM
By: @hugssandi

Rabel & Gusli

Posted: Thursday August 11 2016, 2:50 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dr. Ralph Stanley Passes

Posted: Friday June 24 2016, 12:25 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

First Build in Years....

Posted: Wednesday April 13 2016, 10:24 PM
By: @Stan Pope

Grace Notes

Posted: Friday March 4 2016, 4:54 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Latest JI Calculator?

Posted: Monday January 4 2016, 7:38 AM
By: @john p

Seeing a group's new discussions? (SOLVED)

Posted: Saturday October 24 2015, 8:55 AM
By: @Strumelia

I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?

Posted: Wednesday August 19 2015, 10:05 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

New Noters Coming

Posted: Wednesday August 19 2015, 9:44 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Uncontrite Modal Folker

Posted: Thursday June 25 2015, 11:17 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Get Noterized

Posted: Thursday June 25 2015, 10:56 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Florida Old Time Music Championship

Posted: Thursday June 18 2015, 8:15 PM
By: @Don Moores

Reading DA AD Tab

Posted: Sunday September 28 2014, 5:53 PM
By: @Steve Smith

American Folk Song Collection

Posted: Wednesday September 24 2014, 10:46 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Rebec

Posted: Sunday June 22 2014, 12:38 AM
By: @Eileen

Dulcimer Challenge

Posted: Thursday February 6 2014, 5:58 PM
By: @John Henry

Get Noterized Blog Post

Posted: Wednesday September 25 2013, 9:51 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Great Lyric/Chord Find

Posted: Saturday April 20 2013, 8:33 PM
By: @john p

This Little Piggy (Sow model by Bobby...

Posted: Tuesday April 9 2013, 12:55 AM
By: @Strumelia

Beginner? Intermediate? Expert?

Posted: Thursday March 21 2013, 10:01 PM
By: @Kristi Keller

He's baaaackkk!

Posted: Friday October 19 2012, 1:08 PM
By: @john p

Hughes Mountain Dulcimers

Posted: Tuesday May 29 2012, 4:58 PM
By: @Randall McKinnon

Howie Mitchell Dulcimer Building Book and...

Posted: Friday April 13 2012, 1:52 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Dorian Mode

Posted: Saturday March 24 2012, 8:35 PM
By: @Paul Certo

Tuner Displaying Octave?

Posted: Thursday March 22 2012, 12:01 PM
By: @Sam

The Kitchen Sink - talk about food

Posted: Tuesday February 1 2011, 10:23 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

800!?!!

Posted: Wednesday June 9 2010, 12:25 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Comments

Laurel K Scott
03/01/17 02:02:39PM @laurel-k-scott:

Thank you, Ken --  I already know it's currently strung left handed because of the position of the bass string. What I *meant* to ask was whether the wrapping on the tuning pegs looks correct in that photo.

My inclination would be to wrap the strings in either ascending or descending order from left to right, but as you can tell, I have no knowledge of stringed instruments! This dulcimer came to me with the bass string (which is currently on the bottom rather than the top) strung on the lowest peg, the middle string strung on the highest peg and the end melody string (this is only a 3-stringer) wrapped on the middle peg. All are wrapped overhand rather than underhand.


Bee Lick Farm
12/23/16 11:30:20PM @bee-lick-farm:

Indeed. Ken... see my private message in your INBOX too please, thanks.

Well, you know, because like I was approved and stuff.

Oh wait... I didn't send anything to yer inbox...

I guess yer just OK and stuff.

So like, thanks for approving me and stuff.

And if ya get a chance... this winter... do a dijon mustard, beer batter snook filet cut like a steak from the filet... and the next day leftovers on a bun sammich. And lemme know if ya approve of that. Because like man, aint much better that that, eh? Can't even tell ya fish tales 'bout how many times I've skinned me out a soapfish, racing mullet, and beer batter, dijon-ed his ass into some bodacious breakfast sammich goodness and stuff. Toast a cubano bun and treat it much as a hot-pressed with some dilly-ishiousness, and some good balsamic. But no need to hot or press. Just make snook goodness on a bun. Mustard. dill, warm, good. m'k.

Cause like, damn that sounds good.


Strumelia
09/09/16 12:48:20PM @strumelia:

Hi Ken, please see my private message in your INBOX.  Thanks


Sheryl St. Clare
04/19/16 12:03:19PM @sheryl-st-clare:

Hi Ken, 

Your document I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What??? -- A Beginner’s Guide -- by Ken Hulme shows a John Stockard adjustable dulcimer stand. I searched for it on the "Interweb" eyeroll but can't find it anywhere. 

 

I had a class with Joe Collins Saturday. He used one, and I really liked the setup better than the laptop desk I currently play my dulcimer on, which allows me to play while standing. 

 

Can you point me in a direction where I might find this stand?

 

Thanks,

Sheryl


Sheryl St. Clare
01/25/16 06:47:33PM @sheryl-st-clare:

Ken, I recently picked up a BD built by Ken Bloom. I have restrung it, and I am trying to tune it. I recall you had a link to a piano tune site, but can't find the discussion. Please let me know what that site was. 

Sheryl St. Clare

 


Salt Springs
01/17/16 09:28:26AM @salt-springs:

Mancave fared OK during last nights nasty weather, I presume?


Annie Deeley
09/29/15 08:35:49PM @annie-deeley:

Hi again, Ken. Thanks again, I just realized that the string guages you listed did say the G's would be 15's. The penny finally dropped, duh. Found some 15's in a drawer, just haven't worked up the courage t switch 'em yet...

I am a writer, too, but a poet.


marg
08/01/15 04:50:33PM @marg:

Seems attached files don't get posted with the comments. The image was just the site you sent for the banjo pegs, just checking that these are the ones I need to order. Non of the guitar stores carry anything like banjo pegs or buttons.

marg.


marg
08/01/15 04:45:40PM @marg:

Ken,

       Since you have gotten some knobs before, many years ago  -  are we sure these are the right ones to fit the red dulcimer I have?    I  would need 4 to replace all now, should I also have 4 as a back up? Elderly also makes banjo tuner buttons, are they the same or just go with the ones you sent the site for?

 

Thanks for your help, see photos

marg.

ps: Thinking, I should just go with your site, just tell me they seem right or the ones you would order. I can not delete the attached file of the one from elderly. Is there a way to delete files once they're attached? No worries.

 


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Ken Longfield
06/10/15 08:51:38PM @ken-longfield:

Hi Ken. Retirement is treating me well. How about you. You working on another book? I enjoyed the first one. I'm working on rebuilding my workshop after a water leak back in March. Haven't had much time with all the yard work and some work at our daughter's house.


Cecilia Schermaul
05/31/15 10:47:06PM @cecilia-schermaul:

Hello to you Ken, Celia here... After the remarks on my dulcimer last year I put it away until I could see a Luthier. The Luthier lowered the frets and told me everything was fine. Started back on the dulcimer around Oct. 2014.

I am back at beginner lessons and improving all the time but, a long way to go. One song I love to play is Carolina Waltz. Thank you for the encourgement.

All the Best to you and yours, Celia S.Grin.gif


Strumelia
02/25/15 10:11:28PM @strumelia:

Ken i posted the answer to your blog image problem, but you'll need to 'approve' it before it appears.


Cindy Stammich
10/06/14 04:31:32PM @cindy-stammich:
I like the plan Ken!Let's see if I can stick to it!
Geoff Black
03/31/14 09:28:19AM @geoff-black:

Hi Ken

If you're coming over to Sussex in June, you must look us all up (or have I misinterpreted your recent post?). The vintage dulcimer players club (is it the instruments or players which are vintage?) would welcome you as a temporary member!.

Geoff


Helen Seiler
03/25/14 06:33:43PM @helen-seiler:
Hi Ken, thanks so much for your advice. The Mullet Tossing Championships sounds like a real hoot. No sabbatical for me. Thanks for being there. H
Lesley Lewis
02/24/14 08:55:40PM @lesley-lewis:

Hi Ken,

Great that you've been studying and teaching T'ai Chi for many years ... it is a wonderful meditation path.

I'm also a meditation teacher (for 20 or so years), combining this with other modalities in my private practice and also running workshops and occasional retreat weekends.

I am very fortunate to have studied with the Dalai Lama, and completed the Kalachakra Training and Initiation in 1996. I have a lovely collection of antique Tibetan singing bowls and will be happy to share their voice with friends at FOTMD who are interested - that is, as soon as I have made a start on making music with the dulcimer, and have worked out howto record and share videos ... something I'll need to learn in a while Smile.gif

I think I might have told you thatIam working ona small but expanding collection of poetry that I am writing in a volume that I will entitle "Heart Spaces" ... and I have the intention to set my words to music, with dulcimer and Tibetan singing bowls. So, right now the first step isto 'meet' my dulcimer and invite her to sing for me ...

Thankyou for your message, always lovely to chat with you,

Lesley


Lesley Lewis
02/23/14 08:37:59PM @lesley-lewis:

Hi Ken,

Thank you so muchfor your guidance and for sharing your opinion - that's what I was thinking, but wanted to ask for your thoughts.

I am really happy to be about to start the journey of learning the traditional diatonic instrument, and it may take me a while longer than the couple of years you mention, asI'm making time to learn to make music in the context of a full time job and research project Smile.gifOn the other hand ... I am a patient person, and happy to enjoy each day of the journey, so it will take as long as it takes ... andI didn't want to 'wait' to start learning the dulcimer until I have 'more time' .... also, I think it will be refreshing for me to have a space each day where I put work etc to one side, and focus on learning this beautiful instrument.

The markings on tortie cats can be spectacular. Whenyou mentioned Salem's beautiful coat, it came to me to send you that photo of Bonnie taken on my desk in the glow of a lamp ... brings out the mahogany tones in her coat.

I've changed my Avatar photo, to share with FOTMD a glimpse of a few of my antique Tibetan singing bowl collection. I stared out with atiny singing bowl in 1996, when I studied with the Dalai Lama ... and the collection grew from there.

I appreciate your advice re the diatonic dulcimer - many thanks,

Lesley


Lesley Lewis
02/23/14 01:51:46AM @lesley-lewis:

Hi again, Ken,

I have jusy posted a photo of Bonnie to show her beautiful mahogany colour swirls! and another of Sweet Bella which shows better her norwegian forest cat face shape.

By the way, ( and this question seems a bit premature, seeing that I have not yet even set my hands on my first dulcimer ... just something I'm wondering) ... as a craftsman, dulcimer maker and player ... what do you think about chromatic dulcimers? I am very content to learn on a beautiful mountain dulcimer, and that's going to take its own time ... however, eventuallyI will be wanting to do more singing with dulcimer, and wonder if the chromatic versions are best for this intention?

I'll have plenty of time to think about this ... but would value your opinion.

bye for now,

Lesley


Lesley Lewis
02/22/14 11:07:26PM @lesley-lewis:

Hi ken,

Your life aboard your beautiful sailboat sounds wonderful ... the solar panels make you more self-sufficient ... and the ambience of the marina and the surrounding places sound like a great place to live! I woonder what the Jazz man's story is ... such a lovely image of him playing out into the night breezes...

Ah ha ... that's why your instructions are so clear, you're a professional science and technical writer ... I had a feeling that you were someone gifted in teaching and communications, asyour instructionblogs are informative, clear and fun ...that takes special skills. I had a laugh at your description of the review of the ability phone by that guy those years ago ... in my years of private practiceI've developed a huge admiration for the ingenuity, adaptability and pragmatism of people who deal with that sort of physical disability.

Like you, it was the haunting strains of a dulcimer back in the 70s that caught my attention. I was at a Uni Fair, and heard a renaissance group playing. In those days I was a singer, and so the dulcimers were part of the background, until I heard someone play their mountain dulcimer in the great hall, solo, it took my breath away and I've always had a yearning to be able to make that sort of music... I wish I had followed it up then ... life and other parts of my journey took me in other directions but here I am now, anyway, starting out with my first dulcimer ... never too late Smile.gif. And so interesting that you built your own dulcimers ...do you still make them ?

Give my best wishes to Lady Sally, Robin and Salem...I'll see if I can post another photo of Bonnie, whose coat may be a bit like Salem's (?)... she has patches of mahogany colour in the midst of the black and rust tortie colours. They are great company!

bye for now,

Lesley


Lesley Lewis
02/22/14 09:15:43PM @lesley-lewis:

Hi Ken ... great to hear from you !

... the photo is of Freshwater Beach, near Manly ... on Sydney's northern beaches ... the beautiful place where I grew up, and returned to after travelling and living in Europe for a few years.

The dulcimer is a Ron Gibson hourglass, Jenny Lind model...the soundboard is red cedar and the body curly maple. I have heard her voice in an online sound clip ... but can't wait to have the dulcimer here with me so I can start those early steps that mark the beginning of the journey :) I have posted a photo on my page, from Ron's website.

My PhD is an extension of my work over the last 20 or so years as I run my own practice as a rehabilitation counselling consultant, and specialise in assisting people who live with life threatening illness, brain injury, and mental illness. And for the last 13 years I have alsoworked with the Uniting Church (formerly Methodist) as the 'case manager' of, and advocate for,six people who bravely deal with intellectual disability and schizophrenia, and live independently in their own homes.

So I am passionate about social justice and the rights of people with disabilities. I have had a paper published in an international journal on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities...right at the beginning of my research project at the University of Sydney. So the PhD is looking at the experiences of people with disability who live in the city. I have an advisory group of 4 people with disability ... and that academic structure itself somehow perpetuates the power imbalance of researcher and researched. SoI am doing something that has not been done before and rocking a few boats by making the project an inclusive one: we have presented co-authored papers at a couple ofconferences, and are preparing it for publication - and we stand together as a group. So there's me, a young man with multiple chemical sensitivities, a former US marine who had a stroke and now relies on a voice machine to communicate, a fellow in a wheel chair who is a paraplegic, and a lady who was injured in an accident and is now in a wheelchair. So when we rock up at conferences, the organisers look at me, the one 'without a disability' and talk just to me, and we are showing the community of experts that to be inclusive we have to look past the disability and talk to the person, who is often much wiser than we non-disabled folk, and who has the same right to have their voice and opinionheard.

Pretty full on work and research, and soI am hoping that the time each day learning to play my dulcimer will take me to a different mind and heart space.

What about you? What brought you to playing the dulcimer those years ago ? From the guide you've written, I can see you're a great teacher :) i know i will be referring to your writing a lot for inspiration and guidance, as soon as the dulcimer reaches me Smile.gif

Great that you are owned by cats as well ... I haven't visited your page yet ...do you have a photo posted of your cats? My two are both rescue cats who had very traumatic kittenhoods ... Bonnie the tortie is serious one, and acts more like a dog ... ... I think she thinks she's my 'guard cat' and she follows me wherever i go, sits beside me, and 'protects' me. Sweet Bella is a norwegian forest cat ... she's very affectionate, vary funny, and is slowly becoming more secure in herself.

Living on a sailboat sounds wonderful ... with weekends as a land lubber to balance it out ...yes, it sounds like you do have the best of both worlds.

Great chatting to you, Ken

bye for now,

Lesley