Nate

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Location: Oregon
Country: United States

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I like playing pretty music and I like making my own stuff whenever I can, so I love the mountain dulcimer! As a hobby I make my own dulcimers using very modest techniques, tools, and materials. I've made some that turned out very unique. I'm a big fan of DIY, recycling materials, and 'redneck ingenuity.' 

Latest Activity

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NateBuildsToys
@nate • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: I.D. Stamper music
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"I have been giving away my dulcimers to people around town, and out of the 10 or so that I had a couple months ago, I now own 3. One problem with making..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago
@nate is now following @sarah-miner
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on On East Mill Street (a work-in-progress):
"I like this one a lot, Robin"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: The Great Speckled Bird
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @davisjames: Gilbert Anderson's Duck Dance.
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Things about Comin' my Way
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: On East Mill Street (a work-in-progress)
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Husky Truck Stop.:
"Really nice. Looks like a lot of fun too"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "anchor pin pulled out ":
"Dusty Turtle: I think the reason Richard suggested using loop end strings was not to save time, but to minimize the possibility that the wood might degrade..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "anchor pin pulled out ":
"When I am using wood screws for ball end strings, I will usually use this type So that the screw is nice and secure"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "anchor pin pulled out ":
"In my experience, loop end strings for dulcimers tend to be in very particular light gauges that aren't ideal for much tension in DAD tuning with shorter..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "anchor pin pulled out ":
"Those screws look pretty short, I'd say replace them all with longer ones. Putting two strings on one screw or nail seems like a lot of stress, even if it..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 8
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: Sweet Yellows and Pinks
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @dan: Misty Mountain Moon
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Sympathetic Drones from Excess String Length Part 2:
"Thank you very much Jamie. I think you are right about hammered dulcimer though I also do not play them. The extra string length on mandolins, arch top..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on 12 to go:
"Showcasing some insane skill there Randy, and I enjoyed it a lot.  Thanks for sharing Nate"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 3
Liked a group discussions item created by @randy-adams: 12 to go
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @ethan-chastain: Oh! Susanna - Banjammer/Mtn. Dulcimer
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jerry-posner: Question about the 6 1/2 fret
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about the 6 1/2 fret":
"This was a really cool learning opportunity Thanks for suggesting this topic Nate"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about the 6 1/2 fret":
"Dusty, the link between using the 6.5 fret and also fretting on the middle string is exactly what I was thinking.  Ken, that is cool and informative I had..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about the 6 1/2 fret":
"A related question I have is: are there any historical examples of dulcimers with partial/staple frets that also include a 6.5 or 1.5? Also, was 1-5-8 in use..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Shenandoah
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 2
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Thank you Ken Dan Robin and Randy for the information, I suspect that investigating these designs will provide me with useful information"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"A while ago on here I saw a dulcimer that had gap under the tail end of the fingerboard, with the string tension pulling it up from the box. The idea was..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Pwt ar y Bys:
"Very nicely played.Sounding it out phonetically as Buttered Peas is too funny. I wish I could think of some other song titles like that."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Liked a music item created by @beth-t: She Moved Through the Fair
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"John Petry: Having set up many violins & cellos etc over the years....You may want to explore using a sound post. Not really a "dulcimer" thing, but..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Ken Hulme: I think if you had half of the string tension pulling up and half the string tension pushing down, the result is not increased tension but rather..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"I am trying to ask about how to utilize the string tension to put the box under extra pressure, and if this can be good for tone or volume. Here is a drawing..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Hey folks, this question might be poorly asked but here goes. Does a soundbox that is under more tension have any additional clarity or additional volume? Is..."
NateBuildsToys
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: International Appalachian Dulcimer Day

Latest Group Discussions

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NateBuildsToys

History of Cigar Box Dulcimers


Hello folks I was wondering if anyone knows more about when cigar box...
@NateBuildsToys 5 months ago - Comments: 21
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What are the tedious parts of dulcimer building?


Hello skilled craftsmen, I've heard some people say that it takes them...
@NateBuildsToys 8 months ago - Comments: 8
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String physics question


Hey folks. Some of my dulcimers have a lot of string length that is...
@NateBuildsToys 8 months ago - Comments: 3
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Gluing resonant objects inside soundbox?


Hey folks I was hoping someone might have some insight on a thought I...
@NateBuildsToys 9 months ago - Comments: 9
NateBuildsToys

Choice of Wood for Fingerboard?


Hello craftsmen of FOTMD! I was hoping for some opinions on if the...
@NateBuildsToys 9 months ago - Comments: 8
NateBuildsToys

What is a Galax Dulcimer


Hey folks Im just wondering what traits are associated with galax...
@NateBuildsToys 9 months ago - Comments: 15
NateBuildsToys

How Much is my Weird Dulcimer Worth?


Hello craftsmen of FOTMD! I built a dulcimer from "upcycled" materials...
@NateBuildsToys 10 months ago - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

An Upside Downcimer


I have built a very strange dulcimer. I would appreciate some input and...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 21
NateBuildsToys

Your favorite noter


I would love some input on what your preferred noters are. Noters come...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 21
NateBuildsToys

Saddle on Soundboard


Hello folks, I am getting ready to make a dulcimer for myself and would...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

Vertical vs Horizontal Quill?


I have heard it said a few times that holding a quill vertically, like a...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 4
NateBuildsToys

false bottoms = added mass?


Hey folks  I've been thinking lately about false bottoms. Mainly about...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 26
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String Gauge and Intonation


Hello all. Am I correct in assuming that the reason for compensating...
@NateBuildsToys 3 years ago - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

Building Dulcimers Cheap


Hey all, when I first started building dulcimers it was a very...
@NateBuildsToys 3 years ago - Comments: 5
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Bridge Placement for Proper Intonation


Hello, this is always something I've had to relearn on every single...
@NateBuildsToys 3 years ago - Comments: 2
NateBuildsToys

Added some half frets....now what?


Hello all I have been playing dulcimer for about a year on diatonic...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 16
NateBuildsToys

Copyright law and dulcimer music


Hey all this has been something I've been struggling to understand and...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 34
NateBuildsToys

Protecting the interior of a dulcimer


Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 6
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How I learned to build dulcimers


I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 9
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a VERY strange hypothetical


Hello all a very bizarre idea came to my mind and I'd love some input. I...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 19

Latest Audio

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I Don't Believe You

I Don't Believe You


@Nate
10 months ago - Comments: 4
Livi

Livi


@Nate
10 months ago - Comments: 3
You Lead The Way

You Lead The Way


@Nate
10 months ago - Comments: 7

Latest Videos

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Banjo Resonator Experimental Dulcimer

Banjo Resonator Experimental Dulcimer


@Nate
2 months ago - Comments: 5
Jock Stuart

Jock Stuart


@Nate
3 months ago - Comments: 7
Plywood Dulcimer w 3 Coffee Cans Inside

Plywood Dulcimer w 3 Coffee Cans Inside


@Nate
8 months ago - Comments: 7
The Moorlough Shore

The Moorlough Shore


@Nate
last year - Comments: 3
Happy IADD

Happy IADD


@Nate
last year - Comments: 3
Captain Kidd/Jack or Sam Hall

Captain Kidd/Jack or Sam Hall


@Nate
last year - Comments: 4
Get Out of the Kitchen While I Cook

Get Out of the Kitchen While I Cook


@Nate
last year - Comments: 4
The Nate Visiting Song

The Nate Visiting Song


@Nate
last year - Comments: 2
My First Cardboard Dulcimer Build

My First Cardboard Dulcimer Build


@Nate
3 years ago - Comments: 5

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone

Posted: Monday April 15 2024, 12:18 AM
By: @Dwain Wilder

Are two melody strings louder than one?

Posted: Tuesday March 19 2024, 10:13 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Connection Between Hammered and Mountain...

Posted: Tuesday March 19 2024, 4:25 AM
By: @shanonmilan

String gauge and intonation

Posted: Tuesday March 5 2024, 5:37 PM
By: @Dwain Wilder

Ergonomics and Wrist Strain

Posted: Friday February 16 2024, 12:08 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

How precisely do you tune up?

Posted: Thursday February 8 2024, 1:22 PM
By: @Strumelia

Kora

Posted: Sunday December 24 2023, 9:33 AM
By: @georgia k

Strings turned iridescent?

Posted: Monday November 27 2023, 3:30 AM
By: @shanonmilan

VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and...

Posted: Friday November 10 2023, 7:55 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Joy of Sharing Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday September 2 2023, 9:58 AM
By: @Wally Venable

A Test for Tone-Deafness!

Posted: Wednesday August 16 2023, 6:27 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Benefits of longer VSL?

Posted: Saturday April 29 2023, 12:04 AM
By: @Bob Stephens

How Old is This Dulcimer Kit/Stuff?

Posted: Wednesday March 22 2023, 10:35 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

How do I know what key I'm in?

Posted: Sunday March 12 2023, 10:49 PM
By: @Strumelia

An Aquavina Update

Posted: Sunday February 26 2023, 6:55 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

What's the deal with Aquavinas?

Posted: Saturday February 25 2023, 3:32 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at...

Posted: Saturday December 3 2022, 7:22 AM
By: @Bill Robison

Why is it called a possum board?

Posted: Tuesday January 18 2022, 8:04 PM
By: @Jon W Harris

Making a dulcimer humidity resistant?

Posted: Monday May 31 2021, 2:36 PM
By: @Nathina

Choosing Strings

Posted: Sunday May 2 2021, 9:47 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Nylon strings on a steel string dulcimer

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 9:01 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Non-Metal Fret Material

Posted: Thursday February 11 2021, 4:09 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Choice of Wood: Pertinent or Purism?

Posted: Friday September 4 2020, 8:25 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

Are there fretless dulcimers?

Posted: Wednesday September 2 2020, 5:05 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Glass Bottle Resonator Dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday September 1 2020, 11:14 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Size of Soundbox and Loudness

Posted: Friday August 14 2020, 8:14 AM
By: @Matt Berg

Truss Rods?

Posted: Tuesday August 11 2020, 11:33 AM
By: @Bob Stephens

Beer Bottle Bridge/Glass Resonator

Posted: Friday May 22 2020, 12:54 PM
By: @Strumelia

Is the strumhollow redundant?

Posted: Thursday May 21 2020, 11:43 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Adding Extra Strings to Courses

Posted: Wednesday May 6 2020, 3:04 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Comments

MacAodha
04/17/24 11:34:56AM @macaodha:

The air The Pride of Petravore was used by Percy French (1854-1920) for the song he wrote Eileen Og. It was recorded by many, the Dubliner's included.


IRENE
10/06/23 10:12:09AM @irene:

I've not posted photos for a while here and I'll have to read up on it again.   Yes, that teardrop dulcimer turned out very lovely, all out of woods mentioned in the Bible.  I'm getting ready to make another hourglass dulcimer mostly out of Bible woods again.  aloha, irene


Dan
09/25/23 07:01:20AM @dan:

"grow closer to the sharp iron and wood philosophy every day" is my way of describing my passion for tradition.


Sea Strings
08/30/23 04:29:56PM @sea-strings:

After you left a comment on my discussion, I had to come over here and check out your profile, and hey! We have the same favorite song picked out! We're favorite-song siblings. Laugh


Strumelia
03/06/20 06:24:47AM @strumelia:

Hi Nate. I hope you will post some photos soon of some of your instruments.  The ones you describe and the one in your profile pic look amazing!  sun


Ben Barr Jr
02/29/20 09:12:01AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Nate, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.

Ben


Richard Streib
02/26/20 08:16:55PM @richard-streib:

Welcome NateBuildToys to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. You may want to consider joining the Dulcimer Making group. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.


Jim Fawcett
02/23/20 07:53:08AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Nate, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Ken Longfield
02/22/20 08:45:08PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD NateBuildsToys. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."