I scored a Robert Mize dulcimer!! Have a question about the wood.

last year
65 posts

woah, I live on Sycamore Haven Drive in Nauvoo, Illionis and there are soooooooooooo many Sycamore trees here.  hummmmmmmmmmm.  I'll be learning more about that wood FOR SURE.  thanks for the photos. 

Kevin Messenger
last year
123 posts

Yep, that's quarter sawn Sycamore. Very often it will appear to look like snake skin.

Ken Longfield
last year
531 posts

Another vote for sycamore.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Hulme
last year
1,555 posts

Ayup -- sycamore.  Not "bird's eye" which is a specific pattern, but as Dan see "highly figured".


joe sanguinette
last year
95 posts

sycamore fer shure

Salt Springs
last year
112 posts


Just found Folkcraft's website where they have wood sample photo's under Dulcimer building supplies............John and Dan are on the money.........Sycamore.

updated by @salt-springs: 03/12/16 10:08:56PM
John C. Knopf
last year
164 posts

I vote for sycamore.  My Noah's Ark dulcimer is sycamore, and the color and figure look just like that.  Almost a fur-like appearance.

Robin Thompson
last year
921 posts

Sure is pretty!  Mr. Mize made nice instruments, beautiful workmanship. 

Robin T
one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!
Steven Berger
last year
88 posts

I don't know much about wood, so I'm afraid that I can't help you...but you have one beautiful dulcimer there. Congratulations and enjoy!

last year
79 posts

Possibly a highly figured sycamore!


Estes George
last year
113 posts

I was amazed on my frequent searches on E Bay, that I found a Bob Mize, 2001 4 string dulcimer in absolute perfect condition, either very cared for or never played. The workmanship is amazing, but I have no idea what the top wood is, there was no info at all on the listing other than it was a 2001 Mize. 

 Please take a look at photos of the top and would appreciate any feedback on what you all may think it is, I've had several friends who have worked with various woods, but they can't nail it down. The most frequent choice right now is possibly birds eye maple, whatever it is, it's gorgeous. Great tone, yet soft quality.

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