Dwain Wilder

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Location: Rochester, NY
Country: US

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RobMachin Badrepp Homer Ross Stephanie Muschlitz Mark Runge Wayne Jiang Patricia Delich Ken Longfield Strumelia

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I build Appalachian dulcimers on commission, on the model inherited from Sunhearth. See the Bear Meadow website for more info on me and the work I do!

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Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Ken Longfield: Dwain, Don Kawalek is also a vendor at Pocono this year. Although not known as a dulcimer builder he has been making guitars, banjos, and..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Matt Berg: Dwain, Are you talking about the Pocono Dulcimer Festival?  It is a full day drive from Michigan, but a workshop where builders talk sounds..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Dusty Turtle: The direction of this discussion exemplifies why Nate's original question is so hard to answer: there are a lot of variables.  He started out..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"NateBuildsToys: Hey folks, this question might be poorly asked but here goes. Does a soundbox that is under more tension have any additional clarity or..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Crack in the soundboard, by the sound hole":
"The Pocono Dulcimer Festival now has my workshop listed: Workshop descriptions, pg 4: "Laparoscopic Crack Repair" Here is the registration and schedule..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Crack in the soundboard, by the sound hole":
"Ken Longfield: I seldom go to festivals anymore for workshops but just to visit with dulcimer friends. However, Dwain, your workshop interests me. I might..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Crack in the soundboard, by the sound hole":
"By the way, at the upcoming Pocono Club Dulcimer Festival in Stroudsburg, PA (April 27, 27) I will be teaching a workshop for builders and repairers on how..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Crack in the soundboard, by the sound hole":
"Sometimes this sort of crack happens when the dulcimer is lifted or carried by grasping it by the top and back. The back is usually sturdier, but the top..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String gauge and intonation":
"  Hi Nate, You describe a common problem. And different string makers use different core diameters (and some use hexagonal core wire, so it bites into the..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pawpaw's Dulcimers (general info, please)":
"You could ask the builder and try the dulcimer out.  As for price, I would suggest you play the instrument, ask the builder what it costs, and decide for..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Birdseye Maple":
"marg: thanks for your thoughts: Yes, it does have a brighter sound - it has very good responsive. Thoughts on the quality of it as a wood for a dulcimer...."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Birdseye Maple":
"In my experience, figured wood is not good tonewood. Ken is probably right about it producing a brighter tone. Whether it would be responsive and capable of..."

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Dwain Wilder

Custom fret templates


One of the things I do for other makers of fretted stringed...
@Dwain Wilder 2 years ago - Comments: 0
Dwain Wilder

A Tool for Cutting Fret Slots with Super Accuracy


I've been developing a fret cutting template that can be created for any...
@Dwain Wilder 14 years ago - Comments: 2

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Dewey Parker
02/18/16 06:22:50PM @dewey-parker:

Nice surprise seeing your smiling face on FOTMD, Dwain. Welcome aboard. I was just thinking about you this morning and figured it was about time to get an email off to see what you have been up since the last time we talked. Stay in touch!

Dewey - the Dewey Dulcimer System


Robin Thompson
09/13/10 03:58:56PM @robin-thompson:
Dwain,The url for your website in your Profile needs one of the prefixes omitted.Thank you for the String Choice Workbook-- I've bookmarked it!
Robin Thompson
09/06/10 02:53:19PM @robin-thompson:
Dwain,Earlier today I listened to Carol Walker's dulcimer play on your website. Exquisite.
Dan Evans
08/23/10 09:55:39AM @dan-evans:
hi Dwain - I've kept in touch with David Moore and hope to plasy his festival again, possibly in 2012 - I plan well aheadSmile.gif
Norm Williams
08/07/10 05:13:54PM @norm-williams:
Thanks Dwain... nice to see you here too!!! I am looking forward to this year's festival but am getting ready to head to Elkins, WVa and the Augusta Old Time Week - taking a dulcimer of course but will be "studying" banjo... look forward to seeing you one of these days...
Heidi Muller
03/09/10 11:13:46PM @heidi-muller:
I'm doing fine, thank you. Bob and I are getting ready to fly to Seattle on Thursday for some gigs, after I put in a day of teaching guitar and dulcimer tomorrow to kids in southern WV. We're working on music for a local documentary and Bob's still got lots of folks coming into the studio to record. With two sweet cats and spring coming on... life is good!
Dwain Wilder
03/09/10 01:41:57PM @dwain-wilder:
Wow! What a nice welcome! I've had just a little time to look around. Strumelia, I'll be looking into that Dulcimer Makers group soon. And I nosed around and found a few questions about string choice that I may have some technical advice for. -- Still catching up from my weekend away at Albany.Strumelia, special thanks for your comment on my dulcumers. Did you get a chance to play one or two? I had a couple on the table that were being delivered, and available for playing. They incorporate new technical advances that greatly expand the dynamic range. I really wish I could brag about them, but the truth is one really has to play an instrument to comprehend the qualities of action, responsiveness, projection and volume. MP3 files just don't do that.
Strumelia
03/09/10 09:50:54AM @strumelia:
Dwain, be sure to join the "Dulcimer Makers" GROUP here. You'll find it on the left side column for 'Groups' on the main page. :)
John Henry
03/09/10 08:54:48AM @john-henry:
Glad to have you with Dwain JohnH
Bill Lewis
03/09/10 08:49:19AM @bill-lewis:
Welcome to FOTMD Dwain. :)
Strumelia
03/08/10 11:01:18PM @strumelia:
Hi Dwain, I'm so glad you joined up!Your dulcimers are very beautiful- it was great to see them in person. :)
Rod Westerfield
03/08/10 10:01:15PM @rod-westerfield:
welcome Dwain... glad ya joined the family..