Nate

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Location: Oregon
Country: United States

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Playlists: 1
youtube videos: 11
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audio tracks: 3

I like playing pretty music and I like making my own stuff whenever I can, so I love the mountain dulcimer! As a hobby I make my own dulcimers using very modest techniques, tools, and materials. I've made some that turned out very unique. I'm a big fan of DIY, recycling materials, and 'redneck ingenuity.' 

Latest Activity

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NateBuildsToys
@nate • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"Art S: Thanks for the input Nate. The bridge is actually set into the fretboard in the traditional way. It looks like it has feet because it is wider than..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"That is a really nice looking dulcimer Art.I believe the little feet on the sides of the bridge are to brace it to keep it from slipping to either side from..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Just a Closer Walk With Thee
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on You Lead The Way:
"Thank you very much Gordon Jamie and Mike. I'm glad everyone liked it"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: Cwm Rhondda (God of Grace...) on Mountain Dulcimer
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 6 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: Hector the Hero on Mountain Dulcimer
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Bending the strings:
"Was this something you published as an audio file that you expanded into a video? I feel like I have already enjoyed this before xD "
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "WILL YE NO COME BACK AGAIN" Hummel (A 432hz):
"Aside from the conversation about A432, I enjoyed this a lot."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: THE BATTLE OF THE BRAES Hummel A 432hz
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jock Stuart:
"Thanks everyone for all the positive remarks"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new YouTube video:
Jock Stuart
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: Lost Doggie - in honor of Billy Boy
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Dave's Peardrop 4 :
"A lee Oskar is a sweet harp. If you tune all of your strings down two semitones to CGc tuning, it should play well with your key of C harmonica. Like I said,..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Cherry and Western Red Cedar Peardrop 4:
"Leo that is a great point that I never thought about! I can't think of any other instrument with the same variety of designs that dulcimers have. The general..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Dave's Peardrop 4 :
"Hey Jim you are quite welcome. Unfortunately I don't have any useful advice for you. I'm not very knowledgeable about harmonica. I like to play it while..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @davisjames: Bending the strings
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @jim-at-gcreek: img 0561 fix r
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Dave's Peardrop 4 :
"Really nice instrument. An interesting look and sound  What is the VSL of this duclimer?Nate"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @jim-at-gcreek: Dave's Peardrop 4
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bodhran (Irish Drum)":
"Looks like a good time. The Bodhran is a really cool instrument. For how deceptively simple they look, they are very complex. The soft but powerful tones fit..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Liked a youtube item created by @gordon-hardy: The Unquiet Grave, Child Ballad 78
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Liked a group discussions item created by @folkfan: Hand Pain
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ergonomics and Wrist Strain":
"Thank you Dusty this is very helpful information and visual context. I used to think there was no wrong way to play the dulcimer until the way I was doing it..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ergonomics and Wrist Strain":
"Thanks folks for these useful tips. Clearly I need to hold my arm at a better angle. I think also paying attention to the level my knees are at will also be..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "WILL YE NO COME BACK AGAIN" Hummel (A 432hz):
"Specifically in reference to cymatics, I find it really interesting how so many notes in A440 seem to be scattered and intermittent whereas notes in A432..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "WILL YE NO COME BACK AGAIN" Hummel (A 432hz)
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "WILL YE NO COME BACK AGAIN" Hummel (A 432hz):
"A432 is a really interesting topic. I grew up around hippies, who often believe that 432 "relates to the frequency the earth vibrates at" though how exactly..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Ergonomics and Wrist Strain":
"Hey folks, can anyone recommend any good videos, articles, or just general advice on proper form for fretting a dulcimer. The way that I fret can put a lot..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Wow Dusty, that sounds rigorous. I'm sure it'll pay off to develop that, though. If I enjoyed doing drills like that, I'd probably have a lot sharper of..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: In the Kitchen, In the Garden
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Finger Board Replacement:
"NateBuildsToys: Cottage Timbre: Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I may try lifting the first second and third frets a little. Is there a special tool..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "general instrument question":
"One thing I find really cool about that is that speeding up music doesn't change the pitch of the notes so you can speed up or slow down backing tracks or..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Finger Board Replacement:
"The least fuss option (though maybe not the prettiest or the best for intonation) is to get fretwire of a much higher crown height, replace the few low ones..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Finger Board Replacement:
"Leveling out the fretboard seems to me like the best option. Gently and carefully pull the frets out, sand the fingerboard until the full length of it is..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How precisely do you tune up?":
"I guess when talking about tuning precisely it's two kind of separate questions. Not only the question of "how close to dead on do you get it" but also "what..."

Latest Group Discussions

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NateBuildsToys

History of Cigar Box Dulcimers


Hello folks I was wondering if anyone knows more about when cigar box...
@NateBuildsToys 2 months ago - Comments: 21
NateBuildsToys

What are the tedious parts of dulcimer building?


Hello skilled craftsmen, I've heard some people say that it takes them...
@NateBuildsToys 5 months ago - Comments: 8
NateBuildsToys

String physics question


Hey folks. Some of my dulcimers have a lot of string length that is...
@NateBuildsToys 5 months ago - Comments: 3
NateBuildsToys

Gluing resonant objects inside soundbox?


Hey folks I was hoping someone might have some insight on a thought I...
@NateBuildsToys 6 months ago - Comments: 9
NateBuildsToys

Choice of Wood for Fingerboard?


Hello craftsmen of FOTMD! I was hoping for some opinions on if the...
@NateBuildsToys 6 months ago - Comments: 8
NateBuildsToys

What is a Galax Dulcimer


Hey folks Im just wondering what traits are associated with galax...
@NateBuildsToys 6 months ago - Comments: 9
NateBuildsToys

How Much is my Weird Dulcimer Worth?


Hello craftsmen of FOTMD! I built a dulcimer from "upcycled" materials...
@NateBuildsToys 7 months ago - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

An Upside Downcimer


I have built a very strange dulcimer. I would appreciate some input and...
@NateBuildsToys 11 months ago - Comments: 21
NateBuildsToys

Your favorite noter


I would love some input on what your preferred noters are. Noters come...
@NateBuildsToys 11 months ago - Comments: 21
NateBuildsToys

Saddle on Soundboard


Hello folks, I am getting ready to make a dulcimer for myself and would...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

Vertical vs Horizontal Quill?


I have heard it said a few times that holding a quill vertically, like a...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 4
NateBuildsToys

false bottoms = added mass?


Hey folks  I've been thinking lately about false bottoms. Mainly about...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 26
NateBuildsToys

String Gauge and Intonation


Hello all. Am I correct in assuming that the reason for compensating...
@NateBuildsToys 3 years ago - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

Building Dulcimers Cheap


Hey all, when I first started building dulcimers it was a very...
@NateBuildsToys 3 years ago - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

Bridge Placement for Proper Intonation


Hello, this is always something I've had to relearn on every single...
@NateBuildsToys 3 years ago - Comments: 2
NateBuildsToys

Added some half frets....now what?


Hello all I have been playing dulcimer for about a year on diatonic...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 16
NateBuildsToys

Copyright law and dulcimer music


Hey all this has been something I've been struggling to understand and...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 34
NateBuildsToys

Protecting the interior of a dulcimer


Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 6
NateBuildsToys

How I learned to build dulcimers


I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 9
NateBuildsToys

a VERY strange hypothetical


Hello all a very bizarre idea came to my mind and I'd love some input. I...
@NateBuildsToys 4 years ago - Comments: 19

Latest Audio

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I Don't Believe You

I Don't Believe You


@Nate
7 months ago - Comments: 4
Livi

Livi


@Nate
7 months ago - Comments: 3
You Lead The Way

You Lead The Way


@Nate
7 months ago - Comments: 7

Latest Videos

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Jock Stuart

Jock Stuart


@Nate
one week ago - Comments: 7
Plywood Dulcimer w 3 Coffee Cans Inside

Plywood Dulcimer w 3 Coffee Cans Inside


@Nate
5 months ago - Comments: 7
The Moorlough Shore

The Moorlough Shore


@Nate
11 months ago - Comments: 3
Happy IADD

Happy IADD


@Nate
11 months ago - Comments: 3
Captain Kidd/Jack or Sam Hall

Captain Kidd/Jack or Sam Hall


@Nate
last year - Comments: 4
Get Out of the Kitchen While I Cook

Get Out of the Kitchen While I Cook


@Nate
last year - Comments: 4
The Nate Visiting Song

The Nate Visiting Song


@Nate
last year - Comments: 2
My First Cardboard Dulcimer Build

My First Cardboard Dulcimer Build


@Nate
3 years ago - Comments: 5

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Ergonomics and Wrist Strain

Posted: Friday February 16 2024, 12:08 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

How precisely do you tune up?

Posted: Thursday February 8 2024, 1:22 PM
By: @Strumelia

Kora

Posted: Sunday December 24 2023, 9:33 AM
By: @georgia k

Strings turned iridescent?

Posted: Monday November 27 2023, 3:30 AM
By: @shanonmilan

VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and...

Posted: Friday November 10 2023, 7:55 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Joy of Sharing Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday September 2 2023, 9:58 AM
By: @Wally Venable

A Test for Tone-Deafness!

Posted: Wednesday August 16 2023, 6:27 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Benefits of longer VSL?

Posted: Saturday April 29 2023, 12:04 AM
By: @Bob Stephens

Connection Between Hammered and Mountain...

Posted: Wednesday April 12 2023, 11:15 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

How Old is This Dulcimer Kit/Stuff?

Posted: Wednesday March 22 2023, 10:35 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

How do I know what key I'm in?

Posted: Sunday March 12 2023, 10:49 PM
By: @Strumelia

An Aquavina Update

Posted: Sunday February 26 2023, 6:55 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

What's the deal with Aquavinas?

Posted: Saturday February 25 2023, 3:32 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at...

Posted: Saturday December 3 2022, 7:22 AM
By: @Bill Robison

Why is it called a possum board?

Posted: Tuesday January 18 2022, 8:04 PM
By: @Jon W Harris

Making a dulcimer humidity resistant?

Posted: Monday May 31 2021, 2:36 PM
By: @Nathina

Choosing Strings

Posted: Sunday May 2 2021, 9:47 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Nylon strings on a steel string dulcimer

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 9:01 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Non-Metal Fret Material

Posted: Thursday February 11 2021, 4:09 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Choice of Wood: Pertinent or Purism?

Posted: Friday September 4 2020, 8:25 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

Are there fretless dulcimers?

Posted: Wednesday September 2 2020, 5:05 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Glass Bottle Resonator Dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday September 1 2020, 11:14 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Size of Soundbox and Loudness

Posted: Friday August 14 2020, 8:14 AM
By: @Matt Berg

Truss Rods?

Posted: Tuesday August 11 2020, 11:33 AM
By: @Bob Stephens

Beer Bottle Bridge/Glass Resonator

Posted: Friday May 22 2020, 12:54 PM
By: @Strumelia

Is the strumhollow redundant?

Posted: Thursday May 21 2020, 11:43 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Adding Extra Strings to Courses

Posted: Wednesday May 6 2020, 3:04 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Comments

IRENE
10/06/23 10:12:09AM @irene:

I've not posted photos for a while here and I'll have to read up on it again.   Yes, that teardrop dulcimer turned out very lovely, all out of woods mentioned in the Bible.  I'm getting ready to make another hourglass dulcimer mostly out of Bible woods again.  aloha, irene


Dan
09/25/23 07:01:20AM @dan:

"grow closer to the sharp iron and wood philosophy every day" is my way of describing my passion for tradition.


Sea Strings
08/30/23 04:29:56PM @sea-strings:

After you left a comment on my discussion, I had to come over here and check out your profile, and hey! We have the same favorite song picked out! We're favorite-song siblings. Laugh


Strumelia
03/06/20 06:24:47AM @strumelia:

Hi Nate. I hope you will post some photos soon of some of your instruments.  The ones you describe and the one in your profile pic look amazing!  sun


Ben Barr Jr
02/29/20 09:12:01AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Nate, 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.

Ben


Richard Streib
02/26/20 08:16:55PM @richard-streib:

Welcome NateBuildToys to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. You may want to consider joining the Dulcimer Making group. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.


Jim Fawcett
02/23/20 07:53:08AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Nate, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Ken Longfield
02/22/20 08:45:08PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD NateBuildsToys. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."