IRENE

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IRENE
@irene • 12 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Be Thou My Vision:
"I love the hymns on the harmonica!!!  My husband plays one and all our 7 sons do too.  I got a laugh for ya all here.  There was an advertisement for a "harp..."
IRENE
@irene • 12 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Three Strings To The Wind:
"THAT WAS REALLY COOL.   haunting....and thought provoking.  One doesn't need to SLAM BANG AND BE LOUD ON EVERY STROKE of a quill, or pick.   I'm going to..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Strumelia, I LOVED this story too, brought tears to the eyes...(I sent it onto my daughter)......I have one daughter that worked for Huntsman Institute in..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Magical Black Walnut and Butternut !:
"AND YET another lovely beauty of a dulcimer.   wow.  gorgious workmanship.  Now, do you have a web site where folks can come and check out what you've made..."
IRENE
@irene • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Glitch with Graphics":
"oh I see now, FRANCE. "
IRENE
@irene • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Glitch with Graphics":
"OH CUTE CUTE....I saw it just fine.  It doesn't look like a psaltery...but some kind of guitar/or long dulcimer.   He's got a pick in his hand.   not a very..."
IRENE
@irene • 6 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on January 5th Waltz- on mountain dulcimer and guitar:
"Robin, that was very cool of your sliding....and waltzing and playing music with your husband.  I'm smiling writing this....I'm going to have to try making a..."
IRENE
@irene • 6 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "THE ZITHER CAROL" on Hummel:
"i SO ENJOYED the book on the Hummel and this is such a beautiful instrument that I think you made.   Thank you for sharing it with us all.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Peacock's Feather mtn dulcimer + bowed psaltery:
"that was fabulous....and the blending of the two instruments....very well done.  thank you. aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Walnut Hill- original tune:
"I loved this tune and wayyyyyyyyyyy cool how you play.  "beating eggs" style.  and the syncopation was very nice.  Thank you for writing this and playing it..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bowed Psalteries":
"I've made 106 bowed psalteries.   I do put fancy letters on the right hand side....I iron these on before I put the finish on.  I have a decoration that I..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Jacob Niles's dulcimers and playing":
"Well now....this was interesting in that I wanted to know how his voice sounded after the comments here.   I went to youtube and hear, I WONDER AS I..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Playing a made-up tune on my Scheitholt:
"and another beautiful instrument.  yep, looks more like a Hummel to me.  I really want to make one too...it's on my "someday" list....I love all the little..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jesse's Carol:
"Beautiful voice, beautiful song and message.  Here I am 77 years old and I want to honor my dad by telling what he would do often in the Thanksgiving month...."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Monochord?:
"this instrument could be a diagram of a Psalmodidon.  This interesting instrument came over with early Northern Europeans and they would have 4 of these...."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Susie Glaze & Jean Ritchie's sons on an album:
"way cool.  I listened to each snippit.  I'll see if I can get those on C.D.   thanks for posting this.   aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Home-Made Peg Shaper:
"VERY VERY GREAT IDEAS HERE.  THANKS...aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "2 newly made instruments from musicmakerz":
"Ken, your lyre's are very very beautiful....and made to replicate really the REAL OLD ONES.  wow. And....Lorraine, From the bottom note of the Old world..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "2 newly made instruments from musicmakerz":
"I have made both of these when they first came out.  I've had a lot of fun with the old World Lyre as I introduce folks to all my instruments as "and this is..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Traditional Friction Tuners :
"Strumelia, that was a fascinating read on violin pegs.  thank you!!"
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Battle of Aughrim:
"WOOHOO...this is beautifully played and on your own dulcimer!!!   yep, WE ALL WANT PHOTOS of your dulcimer and yep yep, want to see you playing too. thank..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Dulcimer":
"TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL.   however, the sound bite can't be heard, maybe send another way?   Thanks for posting so much on this dulcimer as it taught me a lot too..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on hand turned noters:
"hummmmmmmmmmmming along here.  I have some lovely larger wooden crochet hooks that have almost that same pattern.  I wonder if the maker just didn't get the..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Dulcimer":
"and what PERFECT F holes.   I wonder if he used a scroll saw or a coping saw.   Beautiful dulcimer.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Dulcimer":
"YES YES....FOTMD folks are truly GRAND!!  THANKS on the tip about Howard's Feed n Wax, I've got that on my list to get when I go to town next.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Traditional Friction Tuners :
"Glenda, I'd drive 6 hours to your house to play a courting dulcimer with you in DAA..yep yep.  Over 35 years ago, via learning from Jean Richie's books, I..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Traditional Friction Tuners :
"I will.  I use google and Amazon all the time.  I just want to tune the dulcimers and enjoy them totally and early, I think I might be impatient that way...."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Singing Family of the Cumberlands:
"ahhhhhhhhh, Thanks Strumelia, I had read this book many years ago and in one of my moves, must have lost it.  I totally enjoyed it myself and it also had an..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Traditional Friction Tuners :
"Thanks for these posts.  I've "rescued" several dulcimers and some of the ones that I've rescued had hand made wooden pegs and were terrible to get in tune..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Dulcimer":
"You got a great find there.....Dave.  This will be a big learning time for you and you'll be glad you bought that dulcimer.  I'm interested in what those..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Multi-Cultural Jam:
"that was a twice listen to.  very good and nothing like a Native American Flute...The drum, was it made out of wood.  I like the sound and yeah, another..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Yearning for the Noble Knight:
"Ariane, you really bring a unique way of doing everything to this site.  I just love all the variety that you share.  I love all the instruments that you..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY):
"yep, I looked at all the photos that were taken and posted here when you folks were to meet at the Hindman.    I'm sorry you are not going to be there as I..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY):
"THIS IS THE FIRST THING I'LL BE PUTTING ON MY 2019 CAL LENDER....thank you so very much.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
"yep, I know they are clamps....but just a thought here.  Thanks so much for posting the photo and way to make them and others too.  I'm going to make a bunch..."

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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.


Ken Longfield
02/25/16 08:07:27PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Irene. It's good to have you aboard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."