IRENE

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Location: Nauvoo, Illinois
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IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Icelandic Langspil:
"Over the top beautiful in every way!!!! I'm on vacation on my way to Hawaii. My message is short on my little phone. I love the little bow!! I have had best..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Tune 097b:
"WOAH, THIS IS FRETLESS.....oh oh....hummmmm, I'd have to make another dulcimer to learn how to do this.  I just might do that.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Tune 097b:
"I love how you do this.  I want to learn how and I hope you can teach me slowly.  Just wonder how you go back and forth with your noter!!   Thank you for..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Butternut and Osage Shoat Hogfiddle:
"tough stuff is right.   So beautiful though.  How's the sound?  and did you put some kind of finish on it that it will keep the bright yellow?  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jinny 1-19 open D:
"REALLY REALLY simply beautiful.  Now for the hearing of "Jinny".  okay?  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"yep, let's see the mystery item.   :)  "
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Test:
"aloooooooooooooha"
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on My new babies:
"RIGHT FINE workmanship.   Beautiful choice of woods and do we get to hear them on youtube?   aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Little Teardrop :
"This is just beautiful as always.   Each of your instruments are unique.  and only choice of 3 strings.  easy to carry around to festivals.  This will be a..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"AND what is the VSL of this beautiful baby?"
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"I forgot....what is the FOUR leaf clover(for a lack of term) called again?  I want to do more research on that design.   thanks....aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"OH OH OH....this is sooooooooooooo beautiful/darling and I want to make one!!!  Can they be made to be 27 VSL?  I always love a deeper sound in instruments...."
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Hemlock Project updated version:
"i just love this Robin....thank you.  "
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Sally in the Garden:
"yep, read the words to that song, yep, it's a fast one.  hummmmmmmmmmmm. "
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Sally in the Garden:
"NOW THAT WAS COOL!!! please tell us the tuning of your dulcimer here.  and I'm a noter droner as well....but use my finger on top of a curved noter.  Is that..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I really enjoyed that video and the art and the dulcimer playing.   all well done and thought provoking.  Beautiful art.  I loved the cheering of children..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Black Walnut Mountain Dulcimer:
"THAT WAS MIGHTY FINE FINGER DANCING on such a BEAUTIFUL dulcimer again.  smooth, and just one string sure does the trick and the drones not overpowering it...."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I was able to view through my yurt big round skylight inside. I didn't stay up to see if it got red, as it got cloudy here. Awesome God's timepiece."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?":
"Steven, YES that's the one. Thank you. There are so many cool old songs from old times that teach a lesson. Aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?":
"For spooky...."Now Anne Bolin was once king Henry's wife, until he had the headsman bob her hair, ah yes, he did her wrong long years ago, and she comes up..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Gwahoddiad - ID Stamper dulcimer:
"Robin, with your brilliance,  you'll figure how to do it in artificial light.  Or, we all can wait until summer when you'll have A LOT MORE DAYLIGHT then..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Gwahoddiad - ID Stamper dulcimer:
"WOW, loved that sound!!  I'd love to SEE you playing this instrument.  I looked at all the photos twice and you've done a lovely job of restoring it.  I also..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss:
"I liked this one and it's a happy tune...wanna get up and dance.  yep.  thanks.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 50
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY):
"Hi there folks, There is a weird sign up form and asking if they can have access to my everything google....accounts and such.  So I didn't sign up that way...."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Princess Royal (Set Dance):
"beautiful. your deftness of fingering and caring forth of this music show much practice and surely you bring joy to those that have the blessing of hearing..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Hemlock Project work-in-progress:
"I feel the spirit of that music....reclamation....mines....so destructive to lands and peoples and water....sadness involved in what "was" and what is now...."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Isabella (Original Aolian Tune):
"One of my daughter's names is ISABELLA.   I wonder if I can send this to her?  loved it!!!  wish I had the music to learn this tune.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"What total fun this site is.   Thanks for the laughter and learnings and "notes" of all kinds.  It snowed in Nauvoo all last night and all day today.  Maybe..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"I LOVED ALL THESE PHOTOS YOU POSTED.....and my first noter was a bamboo one from the forest that we lived near in Hawaii.  I'd like to find another bamboo..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Mountain dulcimer...with a difference : ):
"OH TOOOOOO CUTE.   This could be made like a little coin purse and instead of strings, a zipper.  smiling.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"I play them almost exclusively on a little table top.   I got one of those black fold down plastic top tables that are at Walmart.  I took off the plastic..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimers in books & films":
"ahhhhhh, thanks Robin.  thanks for looking at us when we only had 8 at home.  That was my first dulcimer, and my first bowed psaltery.  All grown up..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newbie questions - noter size, string gauges, Berea tunings":
"When Susan got this beautiful dulcimer, her son found it at an Estate Sale, it was sooooooooo beautiful and made with great care.   SUCH A DEAL....$150.00...."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newbie questions - noter size, string gauges, Berea tunings":
"I have a "fairly newbie" QUESTION for my newbie friend that took her dulcimer to San Antonio and wants to know if there are any dulcimer folks there?   She..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Northern Cherry Custom Build.:
"VERY NICE to have this option for playing on a table..."

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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.