IRENE

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Location: Nauvoo, Illinois
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IRENE
@irene • 2 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What are you reading right now?":
"MIKE & ME by Rosalys Peel.  What a WONDERFUL BOOK to read when a loved one is on the edge or within the realms of Dementia or Alzheimer's.  My husband is..."
IRENE
@irene • 11 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Wildwood Flower:
"THAT was beautiful...not fast at all....gonna listen to it a bunch more and get the tune in my head and play it by heart....thanks and aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering:
"ahhhhhhh, this is sure fun.  #14 Is Irene Tukuafu.  I know it was random numbers but I have 14 children.  "
IRENE
@irene • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Angel" Will Singleton Replica":
"When I was going to the harp conventions every year, we'd have something called, "HARP TASTING".   We'd have 10-15 harps on stage with the curtain drawn...."
IRENE
@irene • 4 days ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019.:
"Dan, I got a good song for you to learn to play slow............. sorta.....BRING A TORCH JEANNETTE ISABELLA. For your very darling little granddaughter...."
IRENE
@irene • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing:
"I liked this one very much as well!!!  One of my favorite songs on the planet!!  You do have a very cool unique strum....I'm going to listen more to this..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Angel" Will Singleton Replica":
"SUCH a beautiful dulcimer.....I wish I could have heard it played all by itself.  NEXT YEAR, we need to have some of these dulcimers show cased....played and..."
IRENE
@irene • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering Piglet :
"Ann Bowman that won this little beauty....what a fun person!!!   When she saw my car and the little bed that I have built in and shelves for my dulcimers,..."
IRENE
@irene • one week ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019.:
"DAn....is that your darling granddaughter?   oooooooooooooh my, she's wayyyyyyyyyyy toooooooooo cute. "
IRENE
@irene • one week ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019.:
"It is HARD to tell you all WHAT AN ABSOLUTE BLAST we had.  yep, just entirely tooooooo much fun for adults to have.   What a wonderful group to be with too!...."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on 2nd Dulcimer Build:
"ahhhhhhhhhhhh, and there ya go. "another one hit the dust"....the addicted ones making dulcimers and other instruments.  Oh JOY....this is just beautiful and..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Liza Jane:
"AND I really enjoyed this and enjoyed how it was photographed while playing it.  This got me working on my dulcimers SMACK RIGHT THEN....and got that happy..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
"Kevin, I read your post here earlier in the day and fooled around with all the dulcimers I have in the house and have definitely decided that I like playing..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
"THAT IS MIGHTY FINE....I SAY, I SAY!!!  THIS made me go on line to learn more about "perfection tuners".  I watched the guy put in the violin pegs.  Now do..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 26
Posted a new Comment on Instructional Video Terms: Galax and Bagpipe:
"Gonna watch this great video again!!  THANKS MUCHLY.  Would you by any chance be going to the Berea, Kentucky gathering?   aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Butterfly:
"Fabulous answer Ariane.  I also have a big instrument, the lovely #53 harp that weighs 44 pounds.   I always laugh and tell folks that "my husband is my harp..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Butterfly:
"That is one of my favorite tunes....and added instruments.  marvelous. Tell us why you have a shortened H.D. I want to know more about your lovely there...."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Number 57 Mahogany and Butternut:
"sooooooooooooooo very beautiful.  I went through the photos 3 times.  Yep, a sound sample would be good.  thank you for your excellence in making these, as..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Cluck old hen . Die Ziegenklopfer at the Dulcimershop:
"OVER THE TOP FUN!!!!!!!!! and then that old hen comes across the screen....still smiling.  thanks loads for having such a fun time on this video....still..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ducimer comission":
"I think using those pegs would be very nice looking.  I think they are a "pretty penny" though per each one.  maybe I'll switch to making only THREE STRINGS..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Preferred String Tension":
"Oh Wow, what a great discussion.  I'm going to try the lower on some of the other duclimers.  And I've found that I really do like ONLY 3 STRINGS.  I'm so..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lyle Rickards on MD and singing in upcoming film ":
"WOAH.....that shows some great playing....no comment on the kid smoking a cig.  sigh. I'm going to watch that again.  I loved that rough kind of..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"AHHHHHH, read this and here goes.  I sooooooo loved all you wrote on the matter of "bows" and bowing.  overhand and with the fingers adjusting the tension...."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"Dear Tutaine, WOW, this is fabulous.  Now to figure a new thing about "free google books".  THANKS LOADS....I'll figure it out somehow as I really want to..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"Okay, Lisa and those that want to know my 2cents worth.  Ha.  I've made 108 bowed psalteries and have used a longer bow for 95 of them.  THEN I got on the..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Lord Gregory:
"WOAH, this was awesome.   I love how you play and sing....and love the old ballads.  verses indicate that the old mean mother drowned the maid....sigh.  But..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Need some advise on nut and bridge height :
"Are you going to have a floating bridge?   When I put my nut in....I keep in my mind that the string that is going in the grove will be a dime's depth to the..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering Update":
"I'm all excited to be there.  I did have a little trouble using the website you send us to fill out and let you know we're coming.  I sent you an..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on A Teardrop for South Carolina:
"There was a thread back a bit about what folks prefer to play on.  Most chose ONE STRING.  silly me, didn't try it until one broke at the festival.  Don Pedi..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Curly Maple and Lacewood:
"Bob, my brother made a ukulele with lace wood and wow, really nice sound too, besides looking so beautiful.  this is another "take your breath away" BEAUTY...."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on A Teardrop for South Carolina:
"wow, what a "happy teardrop" this one is.  When I was at the OLD PAL DULCIMER FESTIVAL, I broke one of my melody strings.  What a blessing.  It's soooooooo..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer and Case, ready to go home :
"ahhhhhhhh, another beauty ready to be played happy.  I love the case too.  I think that I'll try making a case for my dulcimer too.  "
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Pigman the limberjack dancing to Do Mr. Boker Do, on banjo:
"over the top cute.  I went on his site and looked at all the videos.  darling dolls.  thanks for posting and I tool love the banjo playing.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Pigman the limberjack dancing to Do Mr. Boker Do, on banjo:
"I can ONLY SMILE after a hard day looking at this one.  THANK YOU FOR SUCH A HAPPY LITTLE PIG MAN and happy banjo playing.  I've missed your posts while in..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on When It's Lamplighting Time:
"I wonder if the Hawaiian slide guitar was inspired by a dulcimer. just a thought.  aloha, irene"

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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.