I mad new hand-carved tuning pegs for my new Sam Russell dulcimore. They look SO much better than the black Perfection pegs, and are more accurate to the prototype dulcimore. And you can see the "open D" tailpiece now in these photos.
Samuel F. Russell, of Virginia, created a dulcimore like this one 81 years ago. I made my own version of it. This is walnut with birch accents, and a rosewood nut and bridge. The frets are steel wire, set in a mean-tone scale.
This is a music box made to be used in storytelling. It's made of thick poplar with dark cherry stain, and a handle added to the side for convenience in toting it from here to there.
I had to set out the Welcome Mat for this chilly Thomas dulcimore and its possum board! They didn't want to come outside today, but I got the photos done anyway. It's heading for County Sligo, in faraway Ireland!