Why is it called a possum board?

Bill Robison
Bill Robison
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one month ago
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Another thought on the possum board, Mother possums carry their young on their back as the board carries the dulcimer

NateBuildsToys
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one month ago
76 posts

That a really neat piece of culture I wasn't aware of thanks for filling me in

Richard Streib
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one month ago
169 posts

Like Dan said the name comes from a board used to stretch animal skins for sale. Different sizes for muskrats, mink, racoon, possum, beaver, rabbits. Dad used them in the winter when trapping muskrats and mink to supplement farm income.

Ken Hulme
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one month ago
1,859 posts

It's a Possum Board for your dulcimer only if it is a separate piece upon which the dulcimer sits upon.

Dan
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one month ago
138 posts

The "false bottom" or Galax bottom" is what we call the bottom attached to the instrument.

"Possum board" is one of the names for a tapered thin board used in the stretching and drying of animal hides in some regions of Appalachia. Hides were skinned out complete for more money than the belly cut hides nailed to the side of an out building. There are those from outside Appalachia who believe we call them Possum Boards to be cute....

NateBuildsToys
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one month ago
76 posts

Just wondering if anyone knows. It is a pretty weird name. 

Also, is a false bottom considered a possum board, or does the term only apply to the accessory which is not attached to the dulcimer?