Mark Kungfucracker Runge


Location: Miami Beach, FL
Country: US

My Latest Followers:

dulcinina Billy T Stewart McCormick Bert Bennett Kevin Messenger Karel Votanek Boo Lawrence Sheperd Salt Springs Anne Bowman Aaron O'Rourke David Falk Rob N Lackey John Keane GulfVet Erin Mae Slate Creek Dulcimers Karen Keane Dan Colleen Hailey Jan Potts Lexie R Oakley Dusty Turtle Robin Thompson Strumelia Ken Longfield


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My Cracker sensibilities love the Appalachian Dulcimer, and the artist in me loves to make them. I play the dulcimer, but it would offend musicians world wide to say I am one of them. I love the sound of the drones and the warm tone of its voice. Sloppily sentimental it is, but the dulcimer is grounded in modern times. I'm lucky to have come upon this wonderful instrument that has changed my life.

My wife, Val, and I make all sorts of arts and crafts to support our music habits, and we love to call that our lives!

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Mark Runge

White walnut with sapele stripe

I'm working on a new instrument. I've never worked with white walnut,...
@Mark Runge last year - Comments: 9
Mark Runge

Middle School Student Needs CW era music

Dear All, I teach in E. TN, and I have a student doing a National...
@Mark Runge last year - Comments: 22
Mark Runge

TN Blues Box

I do love the sound of this. It is not as boisterous as I anticipated,...
@Mark Runge last year - Comments: 13
Mark Runge

The Virginia Dulcimer in Antiques Magazine July/August 2013

Y'all've probably seen this already, but I just learned about it and...
@Mark Runge 2 years ago - Comments: 16
Mark Runge

The Bridge Burners of East TN

One of my students is doing a project on the subject, and he asked if...
@Mark Runge 2 years ago - Comments: 3
Mark Runge

TX Ranger

Wormy ash all the way around with bloodheart wood dressings and...
@Mark Runge 3 years ago - Comments: 4
Mark Runge

Chord Chart for Chromatic Fretboard in Dad.

Does anyone have one orknow where I can get one. And any other...
@Mark Runge 3 years ago - Comments: 7
Mark Runge

Moldy Stuff.

I think I pictured my mold design before, but I just made the second...
@Mark Runge 3 years ago - Comments: 21
Mark Runge

I'm nearly done!

I love the lines on this instrument. This is the first one that I've...
@Mark Runge 4 years ago - Comments: 8
Mark Runge

My first machine!

I started on the fretboard and the peghead, which is walnut. The whole...
@Mark Runge 4 years ago - Comments: 0

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Latest Forum Discussions


The Dragon is done.

Posted: Monday November 16 2015, 2:21 PM
By: @Randy Mohr

Is it too soon to show?

Posted: Thursday June 18 2015, 6:01 PM
By: @Dan


Joe Robison
01/06/16 10:56:39AM @joe-robison:

 Mark, your dulcimer looks and sounds really nice.  I like that you use recycled wood.  I guess that i differ a little from you in that I only use woods grown locally in the tradition of the early builders.  Doesn't make mine any better or worse than yours however.  Keep up the good work.

Dwain Wilder
05/07/14 10:25:42PM @dwain-wilder:

Hi Mark, thanks for the friend invite. Nice to be looking around FOTMD again!

Marion Seaman
01/20/14 12:24:22PM @marion-seaman:
thanks for the friend invite mark - let me know if you would like the slip mat stuff.marion
01/12/14 08:31:52PM @strumelia:

Mark I l;ove your new avatar. But who is actually playing- you or the kitty?

Karen Keane
12/23/13 10:00:35PM @karen-keane:
Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to share ideas and listen to music. I hope you enjoy!
John E. Wood
12/23/13 05:48:02PM @john-e-wood:

Welcome Mark. Good to see you here on FOTMD. We look forward to your participation. Best wishes.

Ken Longfield
12/23/13 05:24:32PM @ken-longfield:

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


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Jim Fawcett
12/23/13 08:59:33AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Mark, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

Rob N Lackey
12/23/13 05:41:15AM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Mark, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Sounds like my desires when I started playing this thing 25 years ago. Since there was no internet then, I was lost a little except for a few books and records. Now, we have information at our fingertips which would have had to be "dug out" back then. Hope you enjoy it here.


12/22/13 10:41:49PM @strumelia:

Welcome Mark!

Benjamin W Barr Jr
12/22/13 10:34:39PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Mark, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.


John Keane
12/22/13 10:26:38PM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!