This stylized heart sound hole, the heart on the fretboard, and the scribed edge just make this piece look so cool.
Yes, among others, and these can be seen on many west coast dulcimers. Thanks for mentioning that.
It's by James A Tranthum of Canton, NC, who I know nothing further on. Almost all of these were taken back in the 80's. Especially at that time, a lot of them were made by folks who were not necessarily well known (if at all) and who only "made a few." That's part of the reason there is SO much diversity of style and details.
Note: I put the basic info in the title of every slide, but the titles don't always show. When that's the case, they can be seen by clicking on: "Open Photo(s) in Lightbox," at the top.
However that option itself also appears to not always be there on all views of the pictures! I was puzzled myself that I couldn't see the title that I knew was there, somewhere, and then tried the Lightbox option once it appeared.
It seems to matter whether or 'how' you are in the 'photo gallery.' (?) Still getting the hang of it myself, so if you have trouble getting the Lightbox option, prob'ly best to ask Strumelia or Dusty. Perhaps one of them can (pre-emptively) explain better how it works.
When I first started posting these, it seemed the titles showed automatically, but now I'm guessing I was seeing them 'in Lightbox.'
Thanks for your interest!
UPDATE: Dusty defers to Strumelia on this if further help needed!
I love this! Do you know who is the maker, Leo?
Again, I enjoy seeing your photos!