IRENE

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IRENE
@irene • 8 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Where can I get dulcimer wood?:
"OH THANK YOU OVER THE TOP FOR THIS INFORMATION.  this time I'll save it where I can find it.   I hope to come to Berea with a new dulcimer made from..."
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Caregiver and Dementia patient sing "My Way"
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "Where can I get dulcimer wood?":
"Okay, folks, that build dulcimers.   WHERE can I get dulcimer sides, back and top for making dulcimers?   I was on a site a few months ago and it was..."
Dulcimer Making
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"WHOOOOOOOPIES KEN.   I'm soooo excited for Berea and now even more!!!  Thank you soooo much.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "David Olney, age 71 ":
"Robin,  thanks for posting this one.   I wanted to hear what his songs were like and he told of the song where he "found his voice".  I really really enjoyed..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hungarian Citera played with a noter":
"and she is just beautiful.   All that fast playing and she is calm as a summer's morning.  I loved this one.  Thanks Robin. aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 4 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"thanks Ken for the lesson here.   Even when I retune my dulcimers, I love knowing where those "dots" are.   You are right, different strokes for different..."
IRENE
@irene • 5 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"I've made 2 tear drops and enjoy making this style.  I learned how to bend wood at my brother's shop in Tyler, Texas.  I personally prefer a floating bridge,..."
IRENE
@irene • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"While I smiled writing the last post....on a more serious note (pun intended)..........I thought of the reasons to go to Church for me.  Leading the singing..."
IRENE
@irene • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"very beautifully built.  I love your choice of woods.   bright and cherry.  I hope we get to see you in Berea this year and bring this one for us to hear the..."
IRENE
@irene • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"Oh, how I needed such a good laughing post here.  "fess up Irene.........."   It's been a hard day in that I can't go outside.   Already a 1/2 inch covers my..."
IRENE
@irene • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"THIS THREAD CRACKS ME UP LAUGHING. "
IRENE
@irene • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"I was looking at all these photos again and loved them all over again.  Hey, too late at night for me to figure how to private message you.   I'll post my..."
IRENE
@irene • one week ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @jimmy-sample: Collection
IRENE
@irene • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on New Dulcimer :
"Okay, David.   When I've gotten some old dulcimers to fix and loan out to folks that might like to learn how to play....and there are more then a few that..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Icelandic Langspil - Strumelia:
"Fabulous answer.  And I'm also just happily bouncing around with bows and picks myself.   oh well.   back to just doing things for FUN and finding out it's..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on How Does Your Garden Grow:
"yep, at this  time of year we NEED to have hope for the GARDEN and it's growing ....a great tune to look at seed catalogues with   ha.   aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Be Thou My Vision - Flute and Dulcimer:
"BOTH very well done and a joy to listen too.  I made several harps for blind people and this became one of my signature songs I love to play on the..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on New Dulcimer :
"GREAT, just saw the whole dulcimer.   You also might like to add "dots"  to various frets that will help you play along.   Many dulcimer friends have come to..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on New Dulcimer :
"this looks good.   Let's see the whole dulcimer next photo. "
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Icelandic Langspil - Strumelia:
"When I was looking at the langspil being played on youtube, yeah, I came across YOU.   I love the minor tunings too.  yep, mid winter...fits today as our car..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Troubadour Fin:
"WELL....I must say....that is a beautiful fret board.   What did you do, give them a fret board to do up like that?  and then saved it for when you "got in..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Drunken Hiccups:
"wow....you must practice and play 4 plus hours per day.   Thanks for sharing with us all.   aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Poplar Tennessee music box:
"AND I say the same....looks great.   I noticed that there are equil   distant strings.   Was this the usual on TMB of olden times?   yep, My box dulcimers..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Troubadour Fin:
""OH WOW" when I saw the fret board.   Did you do all of that fine work too?  Hey, will you come to Berea, Kentucky this year?   and bring some of your..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer 91 "Troubadour Fin":
"VERY VERY nice...and I really love the scroll head on this one.   I wish I could see it up close.   I'll look at possibly other photos you might have up...."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Number 88 :
"VERY very lovely.    Is this a custom order and they want that kind of peg head and those tuners?   Just wonderful your workmanship.  beautiful woods and you..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Pretty Saro:
"AND you have a fine voice and play with feelings and it was wonderful to hear you and I smile with all the uncut strings on your guitar.   I hope you find a..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Medley of Planxty Fanny Power and South Wind:
"very very nice.....I love O'Carolan songs...."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 121
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent/Christmas Calendar -(online):
"I have just loved these....thank you all for playing and singing and giving us cheer. Ariane, you have blessed many souls.   God Bless you for your vision of..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on The Gartan Mother's Lullaby (Standard and Baritone):
"ahhhhhhhhhh, I love  this one....and now I too am lulled to sleep....good night and may your new year of 2020 give you 2020 vision of joy on the dulcimer and..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @jessica-comeau: The Gartan Mother's Lullaby (Standard and Baritone)
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Current build:
"WOW, that's really beautiful.   I love the colors in the wood and it will "really pop out" when you put the finish on it.   I laugh about you saving some..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Christmas Gift:
"wonderful.   "
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Christmas Gift:
"Is this darling Isabella or another granddaughter?   this is sooooo cute.  aloha, irene"

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Where can I get dulcimer wood?


Okay, folks, that build dulcimers.   WHERE can I get dulcimer sides,...
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Kari
01/30/19 11:54:18AM @kari:

two dulcimers.jpg    Here is a picture of some of Irene's dulcimers.


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Ken Longfield
10/24/18 10:30:22AM @ken-longfield:

Irene, more information on the Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering will be coming in 2019. Look for it on the Gathering thread in the Events section.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


marg
05/07/18 11:56:45PM @marg:

I am glad all are safe & keeping up daily may go on for sometime. I do hope the lava & poison gases soon stop.

 


IRENE
05/06/18 11:57:57PM @irene:

I have 3 daughters on the Big Island where this volcano is going crazy.  All are safe.  The Vog IS BAD.  (too bad "vog" is not in the scrabble dictionary) Vog is the mix of those poison gases and fog from the Sea.  I keep up with what's going on daily.  I love the Big Island as it is so unique with so much different land zones.  aloha, irene


marg
05/06/18 10:57:19PM @marg:

Hope your friends & love ones safe from the lave flowing.

 


sspradli
04/07/18 11:45:20PM @sspradli:

Soo new to this forum, but Irene kept telling me to check it out!  What a "harmonious"adventure the dulcimer brings to my life!


marg
04/05/18 10:40:24PM @marg:

Might want to say hi to a new member,  Sandy M

from Hawaii

 


marg
03/19/18 12:34:02AM @marg:

(Palestine Festival)

I was so hoping to meet you in person, I was looking forward to having a nice visit with you but things have come up and it looks like I may not be able to make it to Old Pal this coming weekend. 

I am so sorry to miss the festival and meeting you.


IRENE
02/28/18 11:18:40PM @irene:

whoooooooooopies, I'm a weaver as well and drove up to the top of Ohio and got a 200 year old barn frame loom I won on Ebay for $150.00.  (the repairs on it were square nails)...I've stained most of it and hopefully in one month I'll be weaving on her.  name?  Tabatha as she sat in an old barn set up for over 10 years.  aloha, irene


LisaJr
02/28/18 10:46:48PM @lisajr:

I am also a weaver. I am making a tablet woven band at a workshop I took in Vermont last year. It just happens to be one of the better photos taken of me that I actually like.


marg
01/31/18 09:16:07PM @marg:

    Do you know Terry McCafferty, dulcimer maker? He goes to the Palestine Festival, maybe you met him last year. I am off to his workshop tomorrow for a capo & hope to get a tour of his shop. 

    When you see him this year at Palestine, maybe you can tell him about FOTMD, all the dulcimer people I see I tell them about it but we just don't have many from this area on the site.


marg
01/31/18 08:55:16PM @marg:

(WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY COOL.   ZERO degree weather in Nauvoo, Illinois. )

Just about 70 today here in North Houston with the 'blue moon in the AM & a beautiful sunset this evening.


marg
01/25/18 01:38:28AM @marg:

I have only been once to Old Palestine, when I went several years ago John & Karen Keane were there. John was kind enough to help me out with my strum.

I hope the weather is nice & I make it up

 


hugssandi
03/14/17 10:44:00PM @hugssandi:

I loved learning what you are reading!  My step-mother has ties to the pilgrim colony as well.  So cool!


marg
03/09/17 10:52:05PM @marg:

Irene,

the dulcimer you are holding looks so big, is it or just the way the photo is taken?

i love the idea of fixing up old dulcimers, how wonderful you are doing that. Did you but the detail in the one you are holding and the banjo I can see?


robert schuler
02/17/17 01:11:05PM @robert-schuler:

Thanks for the good comment about my new galax model. tuning was ddad. adding the (A) goes against tradition, as its usually all dddd. but the A adds a bit of tonal color. rope binding is cherry quarter round molding. Robert.


Mary Gwynn Keller
02/16/17 06:21:04PM @mary-gwynn-keller:

Have a good time in Texas.  Hope to get to see you sometime this year,  We live about 20 miles west of you.  If the land was flat we could see the Temple from our back yard.  Have a good year.    Mary Keller 


Robin Thompson
09/12/16 07:10:48AM @robin-thompson:

Irene, thanks for the idea about using beeswax to make a noter slide!  I got a block of wax and really like the way it makes a noter go.  :)


Estes George
06/25/16 03:41:29PM @george-desjardins:

Thanks for your comment on the "treasure", FYI, if I can find wood peg tuners which is what was on here origibnally, I will be selling these if you are interested. George


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Bill Arnold
03/02/16 10:01:00AM @bill-arnold:

Thanks for your compliments on my work. Basically what I do is marquetry, then inlay it into the wood. I looked into a laser cutter once, but the $10,000 price tag was a bit too much for me. All of my inlays are cut out of veneer with an Xacto knife. Then I rout out a recess with a Dremel tool with a router base. The inlay is then glued in and sanded flush. Not very high tech and easy to do. Just like anything else, it's all about the tools and techniques. If I can help you with anything I'd be happy to give you any advice.