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11/13/18 11:58:25AM @dumor3d:

Thanks for the very warm welcome folks!

I went to high school in Norton Virginia and participated in the Trail of the Lonesome Pine theater. It was there that I first saw a dulcimer. My better half is from Elkhorn City Kentucky where her parents had a store. On many Friday night Ralph Stanley would come there with others to do a jamb session. The dulcimer I'm making at the moment is for her for Christmas. Getting back to our roots. We live in the mountains of Virginia now, but north of Roanoke or about 150 miles or so from what I would consider the heart of mountain music.

I had a custom cabinet shop for many decades and still have my equipment. I've since moved on to making smaller wood projects and love woodturning. I never even considered making an instrument, but this year we dusted off our guitars and are enjoying (as bad as we both are) plucking around a bit. The dulcimer to me rates even higher than the banjo as the instrument from our heritage. I'm really excited about it.

Now... if I can just satisfy myself with my carving on the scrolled peg head, I'll be over the hump. The rest will have challenges, but I do feel pretty confident with the rest of the work.

I did join the dulcimer making group and do see that I can contribute a bit in other areas such as finishing.

Thanks again for the welcome! It feels a lot like that special mountain area touching Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. The music is special and different there.

Ken Longfield
11/13/18 09:32:34AM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Dumor3D. It is good to have you aboard.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Benjamin W Barr Jr
11/13/18 06:13:55AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Dumor, 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.


Jim Fawcett
11/12/18 09:36:42PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Dumor, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

Richard Streib
11/12/18 08:50:10PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Dumor3D to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. Since you express an interest in building you may want to consider joined the dulcimer making group on this forum. There a number of people here who build as a hobby for income, for fun, and some more or less for themselves. All of them I'm sure have tidbits of information you may find useful. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.