IRENE

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Location: Nauvoo, Illinois
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IRENE
@irene • 18 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Gwahoddiad - ID Stamper dulcimer:
"WOW, loved that sound!!  I'd love to SEE you playing this instrument.  I looked at all the photos twice and you've done a lovely job of restoring it.  I also..."
IRENE
@irene • 18 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss:
"I liked this one and it's a happy tune...wanna get up and dance.  yep.  thanks.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 19 hours ago • comments: 46
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY):
"Hi there folks, There is a weird sign up form and asking if they can have access to my everything google....accounts and such.  So I didn't sign up that way...."
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Princess Royal (Set Dance):
"beautiful. your deftness of fingering and caring forth of this music show much practice and surely you bring joy to those that have the blessing of hearing..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Hemlock Project work-in-progress:
"I feel the spirit of that music....reclamation....mines....so destructive to lands and peoples and water....sadness involved in what "was" and what is now...."
IRENE
@irene • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Isabella (Original Aolian Tune):
"One of my daughter's names is ISABELLA.   I wonder if I can send this to her?  loved it!!!  wish I had the music to learn this tune.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 5 days ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"What total fun this site is.   Thanks for the laughter and learnings and "notes" of all kinds.  It snowed in Nauvoo all last night and all day today.  Maybe..."
IRENE
@irene • 6 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"I LOVED ALL THESE PHOTOS YOU POSTED.....and my first noter was a bamboo one from the forest that we lived near in Hawaii.  I'd like to find another bamboo..."
IRENE
@irene • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Mountain dulcimer...with a difference : ):
"OH TOOOOOO CUTE.   This could be made like a little coin purse and instead of strings, a zipper.  smiling.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • one week ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"I play them almost exclusively on a little table top.   I got one of those black fold down plastic top tables that are at Walmart.  I took off the plastic..."
IRENE
@irene • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimers in books & films":
"ahhhhhh, thanks Robin.  thanks for looking at us when we only had 8 at home.  That was my first dulcimer, and my first bowed psaltery.  All grown up..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newbie questions - noter size, string gauges, Berea tunings":
"When Susan got this beautiful dulcimer, her son found it at an Estate Sale, it was sooooooooo beautiful and made with great care.   SUCH A DEAL....$150.00...."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newbie questions - noter size, string gauges, Berea tunings":
"I have a "fairly newbie" QUESTION for my newbie friend that took her dulcimer to San Antonio and wants to know if there are any dulcimer folks there?   She..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Northern Cherry Custom Build.:
"VERY NICE to have this option for playing on a table..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Northern Cherry Custom Build.:
"oh wow,  this looks like a happy face.  WAYYY COOL as usual.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Waterbound/ Slate Creek Dulcimer:
"I think a lot of us have been following how this dulcimer is built, played and now mailed and played by you.  nice in the key of C too.  I agree.  Make that..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Aunt Rhody - Red Cedar Dulcimer:
"really really beautiful....love the colors and all here.   The sound is also great!!  design lovely.  The "red cedar"...............is it the same kind of..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "“Shinga Shing Shinga Shing Ching Chang”":
"I play a lot of instruments as I wanted to teach our children the joy of knowing many instruments and we did a lot of caroling at Christmas time.   So when I..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Scallop Fretboard Sound effects:
"Robin, the newspaper dulcimer totally dropped my jaw.  I think that some folks didn't know there was more to the video when the song ended and his good..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimers in books & films":
"ahhhhh, this is the post to put it in.  A day before Christmas I got a DVD of our family playing and singing Christmas songs thirty years ago in Hawaii.  I..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on You Are My Sunshine:
"yeah for you, one of the first songs I played on my dulcimer 30 years ago.  I still play it and my husband plays the auto harp with me.  I love Daa tunings...."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Scallop Fretboard Sound effects:
"Thanks I learned A LOT on  just these few posts.   I didn't know what the arches were called either.  Scallops.  and I sure do know it's the back that makes..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Santa brought a Theremin:
"WELL NOW, I was all tired, all set to go to bed and I clicked on this one.  WOAH, WHAT IS THAT?  so looked on line and listened to quite a few videos on it..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Hark the Herald Angels Sing:
"Here I am, tired, wanting to go to bed, but checked here...and YEAH, you are here wishing us a Merry Christmas and to each other "darling".   I just loved..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Angels:
"VERY VERY VERY NICE.....That's a great sound and you'll have fun with that one.   I'm very close friends with Jerry Brown the one who started Music Makers..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Toyland:
"Well, this got me researching and I found a site that I read the whole site tonight. https://gibsondulcimers.com/baritone_dulcimer.html  I was VERY SURPRISED..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Butternut/Cherry Sow Hogfiddle:
"THIS SURE IS BEAUTIFUL and now Terry, let's hear a little tune on it....aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Winter's Turning:
"I just love this too!!   Happy Winter's Solstice to ye all.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on What child is this?:
"I soooooo love this song.  It's tricky to play on the harp if you want to play all the incidentals.  I'm sure back in the very olden days...there were no..."
IRENE
@irene • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Bridge To End Pins Distance: How Critical?:
"ahhhhhh, on the right site here.   THE BUILDERS.  Yesterday I had a sweet lady friend drive 3 hours from Missouri to play some bowed psaltery and dulcimer..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Toyland:
"wonderful.   and loved seeing all the little toys and singers, and pretending I'm a little girl looking at all of these.   the voice of your baritone..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jacob Meadors 1873 Feb 15:
"WOW, I love the research on this site.  soooooooooo enjoy the readings and information.  Dan, super great find.  Greg, a great way to find connections is on..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Young Builder:
"what a handsome young apprentice.   and yeah, I was wondering what I'd do with those DARLING CLOTHS PINS a daughter brought back with her from Europe.  Not..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Be Thou My Vision:
"I love the hymns on the harmonica!!!  My husband plays one and all our 7 sons do too.  I got a laugh for ya all here.  There was an advertisement for a "harp..."
IRENE
@irene • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Three Strings To The Wind:
"THAT WAS REALLY COOL.   haunting....and thought provoking.  One doesn't need to SLAM BANG AND BE LOUD ON EVERY STROKE of a quill, or pick.   I'm going to..."

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Ken Longfield
10/24/18 10:30:22AM @ken-longfield:

Irene, more information on the Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering will be coming in 2019. Look for it on the Gathering thread in the Events section.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


marg
05/07/18 11:56:45PM @marg:

I am glad all are safe & keeping up daily may go on for sometime. I do hope the lava & poison gases soon stop.

 


IRENE
05/06/18 11:57:57PM @irene:

I have 3 daughters on the Big Island where this volcano is going crazy.  All are safe.  The Vog IS BAD.  (too bad "vog" is not in the scrabble dictionary) Vog is the mix of those poison gases and fog from the Sea.  I keep up with what's going on daily.  I love the Big Island as it is so unique with so much different land zones.  aloha, irene


marg
05/06/18 10:57:19PM @marg:

Hope your friends & love ones safe from the lave flowing.

 


sspradli
04/07/18 11:45:20PM @sspradli:

Soo new to this forum, but Irene kept telling me to check it out!  What a "harmonious"adventure the dulcimer brings to my life!


marg
04/05/18 10:40:24PM @marg:

Might want to say hi to a new member,  Sandy M

from Hawaii

 


marg
03/19/18 12:34:02AM @marg:

(Palestine Festival)

I was so hoping to meet you in person, I was looking forward to having a nice visit with you but things have come up and it looks like I may not be able to make it to Old Pal this coming weekend. 

I am so sorry to miss the festival and meeting you.


IRENE
02/28/18 11:18:40PM @irene:

whoooooooooopies, I'm a weaver as well and drove up to the top of Ohio and got a 200 year old barn frame loom I won on Ebay for $150.00.  (the repairs on it were square nails)...I've stained most of it and hopefully in one month I'll be weaving on her.  name?  Tabatha as she sat in an old barn set up for over 10 years.  aloha, irene


LisaJr
02/28/18 10:46:48PM @lisajr:

I am also a weaver. I am making a tablet woven band at a workshop I took in Vermont last year. It just happens to be one of the better photos taken of me that I actually like.


marg
01/31/18 09:16:07PM @marg:

    Do you know Terry McCafferty, dulcimer maker? He goes to the Palestine Festival, maybe you met him last year. I am off to his workshop tomorrow for a capo & hope to get a tour of his shop. 

    When you see him this year at Palestine, maybe you can tell him about FOTMD, all the dulcimer people I see I tell them about it but we just don't have many from this area on the site.


marg
01/31/18 08:55:16PM @marg:

(WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY COOL.   ZERO degree weather in Nauvoo, Illinois. )

Just about 70 today here in North Houston with the 'blue moon in the AM & a beautiful sunset this evening.


marg
01/25/18 01:38:28AM @marg:

I have only been once to Old Palestine, when I went several years ago John & Karen Keane were there. John was kind enough to help me out with my strum.

I hope the weather is nice & I make it up

 


hugssandi
03/14/17 10:44:00PM @hugssandi:

I loved learning what you are reading!  My step-mother has ties to the pilgrim colony as well.  So cool!


marg
03/09/17 10:52:05PM @marg:

Irene,

the dulcimer you are holding looks so big, is it or just the way the photo is taken?

i love the idea of fixing up old dulcimers, how wonderful you are doing that. Did you but the detail in the one you are holding and the banjo I can see?


robert schuler
02/17/17 01:11:05PM @robert-schuler:

Thanks for the good comment about my new galax model. tuning was ddad. adding the (A) goes against tradition, as its usually all dddd. but the A adds a bit of tonal color. rope binding is cherry quarter round molding. Robert.


Mary Gwynn Keller
02/16/17 06:21:04PM @mary-gwynn-keller:

Have a good time in Texas.  Hope to get to see you sometime this year,  We live about 20 miles west of you.  If the land was flat we could see the Temple from our back yard.  Have a good year.    Mary Keller 


Robin Thompson
09/12/16 07:10:48AM @robin-thompson:

Irene, thanks for the idea about using beeswax to make a noter slide!  I got a block of wax and really like the way it makes a noter go.  :)


Estes George
06/25/16 03:41:29PM @george-desjardins:

Thanks for your comment on the "treasure", FYI, if I can find wood peg tuners which is what was on here origibnally, I will be selling these if you are interested. George


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Bill Arnold
03/02/16 10:01:00AM @bill-arnold:

Thanks for your compliments on my work. Basically what I do is marquetry, then inlay it into the wood. I looked into a laser cutter once, but the $10,000 price tag was a bit too much for me. All of my inlays are cut out of veneer with an Xacto knife. Then I rout out a recess with a Dremel tool with a router base. The inlay is then glued in and sanded flush. Not very high tech and easy to do. Just like anything else, it's all about the tools and techniques. If I can help you with anything I'd be happy to give you any advice.


Ken Longfield
02/25/16 08:07:27PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Irene. It's good to have you aboard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."