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What kind of wood on the right?
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Poplar burns faster, hotter and more noisily than walnut, but walnut burns longer, so we may have to do destructive testing.Seriously, thanks to all of you for your comments.
Walnut or Poplar? difficult to see at this distance!!! If I had it here I'd use a dentists mirror or similar, a battery, torch bulb, and some low voltage wire and try to get a decent look inside, where a truer representation of the original unfilled wood surface and colour might be found. The sound holes look large enough to allow this. Just a thought, JohnH
Thanks Dick, Hunter, and Bill.Among dulcimer makers, we had 3 or 4 votes for poplar, 1 for red cherry, and 6 for walnut.The instrument hung on the wall in a sunlit room in South Carolina for years, and the top is somewhat bleached (itself a point in favor of walnut, since walnut becomes lighter with UV exposure).Ultimately I showed a bunch of photos to furniture maker and museum restorer Aiko Van Hulsen, and he also thinks walnut. He's the one the pointed out the bleaching on the exposed faces and incorporated that into the argument.The instrument was made by Musical Traditions of Sandpoint Idaho around 1980. It's signed by John Rourke, Larry Kiefer, and Gordy Robinson.MT sold an apparently identical instrument as a kit called the "Apprentice II".
The link takes you to a reproduction of their ad in DPN (V7.4, Fall 1981, p22)Thanks to Dan Landrum for permission to use the image.
Looks like yellow poplar to me.
That's called donot know wood. lol I'am not sure, almost want to say popular?
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