Nate

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Location: Oregon
Country: United States

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Sarah-Miner RobMachin Sea Strings ceilidhdog Beth T DavisJames flossy rojo Cheryl W Hunterdude glowhazel granto Ariane IRENE Jim Phillips Dan Leo Kretzner Cynthia Wigington Steven Berger Stanley Adams Skip Ben Barr Jr Susie Bob Stephens MacAodha Randy Adams Robin Thompson Strumelia

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youtube videos: 13
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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 • 13 hours ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Dan: My process.  That's super interesting. Do you add in the wedges between the pegs and sides gradually as the boards flex?"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Strumelia: Ooh, that is exciting Nate, you are a winemaker now!we have blueberries coming soon on our backyard bushes. We already put the netting over them..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Very excited to see that the Oregon grape bush in front of my apartment is ripening! Oregon grape is the state flower of Oregon, but a lot of folks here..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Ken Hulme: If you make the pegs about 1/4" shorter than your sides, then you can glue the bottom (or top) onto your shape before removing it from the  jig...."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Ken Hulme: You mostly don't need jigs if you're building one-offs.  A brace holds sides apart for ellipticals and teardrops, a clamp squeezes middles for..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Homer Ross: Wondering how many making dulcimers use a inside mold vs. outside mold.    Could you please explain the difference?  Thanks"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 6 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Grateful for all this really interesting insight. If I'm understanding correctly, once you build jigs for the sides,that determines the size and shape, and..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 18
Created a new Group discussion "To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds":
"Hello builders!  Just wondering about y'all's mindset toward planning. Do you operate entirely off plans? Do you build completely off intuition? Or are you..."
Dulcimer Making
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Really glad to hear you're recovering, John. I'll keep you in my prayers. Hope you're feeling well soon."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimerica Episode 704 - "New Tune: 'Gebhard'":
"Very nice, bing. Thanks for sharing "
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @dulcidom: Throw the Wood Laddie - Orpheus Caledonius (1733)
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"John C. Knopf: Wow! People who wrote on that page use English in some mysterious ways!   " Its is made of sturdy metal, which is very. " "
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"LOL whoops, I typed out almost the exact same message you did at the same time"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"Both the bridge and nut look to be in slots. If I am understanding correctly, the issue is that they do not fit snugly into the slots and are not glued into..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"AG Murton: I had no idea there were so many factors to consider. I'm used to switching between tunings on the banjo like crazy and assumed I'd have a similar..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"I have one dulcimer with this issue and what I noticed is that without the second melody string, my whole bridge and nut slide juuuust enough to recenter..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 16
Liked a group discussions item created by @david-bennett: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: JUNE
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Folk Instruments?":
"iwbiek: Hello! I live in Europe (born and raised in KY) and today I was browsing the website of a chain of music stores here called "Muziker." I was..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @strumelia: Use Descriptive thread titles
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Your little face glows like gold (Ukrainian folk song)
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Folk Instruments?":
"Gstringer: Since I come from simple folk, it was explained to me quite simply:  a folk instrument wasn’t a commercial instrument, and widely available.  I..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @homer-ross: Folk Instruments?
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @dan-evans: three more tracks off new CD
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: Kalimba Fantasie
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Folk Instruments?":
"What makes it a folk instrument? Being played by folks, of course! Not fancy musicianers or college educated theoreticians, or masters of stage.... just..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 26
Posted a new Comment on What is a Galax Dulcimer:
"Muscle memory got the best of me I meant ddd sorry for the confusion"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 weeks ago • comments: 26
Posted a new Comment on What is a Galax Dulcimer:
"Depending on the kind of tension your instrument can comfortably handle, I sometimes go up to .14 for *ddd tuning on a 26" VSL. I find that if I want really..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: I.D. Stamper music
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"I have been giving away my dulcimers to people around town, and out of the 10 or so that I had a couple months ago, I now own 3. One problem with making..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago
@nate is now following @sarah-miner
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on On East Mill Street (a work-in-progress):
"I like this one a lot, Robin"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • one month ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: The Great Speckled Bird
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @davisjames: Gilbert Anderson's Duck Dance.
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Things about Comin' my Way
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: On East Mill Street (a work-in-progress)

Latest Group Discussions

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NateBuildsToys

To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds


Hello builders!  Just wondering about y'all's mindset toward planning....
@NateBuildsToys one week ago - Comments: 18
NateBuildsToys

History of Cigar Box Dulcimers


Hello folks I was wondering if anyone knows more about when cigar box...
@NateBuildsToys 5 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 9 months ago - Comments: 8
NateBuildsToys

String physics question


Hey folks. Some of my dulcimers have a lot of string length that is...
@NateBuildsToys 9 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 9 months ago - Comments: 9
NateBuildsToys

Choice of Wood for Fingerboard?


Hello craftsmen of FOTMD! I was hoping for some opinions on if the...
@NateBuildsToys 10 months ago - Comments: 8
NateBuildsToys

What is a Galax Dulcimer


Hey folks Im just wondering what traits are associated with galax...
@NateBuildsToys 10 months ago - Comments: 26
NateBuildsToys

How Much is my Weird Dulcimer Worth?


Hello craftsmen of FOTMD! I built a dulcimer from "upcycled" materials...
@NateBuildsToys 11 months ago - Comments: 5
NateBuildsToys

An Upside Downcimer


I have built a very strange dulcimer. I would appreciate some input and...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 21
NateBuildsToys

Your favorite noter


I would love some input on what your preferred noters are. Noters come...
@NateBuildsToys last year - 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

Latest Audio

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I Don't Believe You

I Don't Believe You


@Nate
10 months ago - Comments: 4
Livi

Livi


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

You Lead The Way


@Nate
10 months ago - Comments: 7

Latest Videos

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Banjo Resonator Experimental Dulcimer

Banjo Resonator Experimental Dulcimer


@Nate
3 months ago - Comments: 5
Jock Stuart

Jock Stuart


@Nate
4 months ago - Comments: 7
Plywood Dulcimer w 3 Coffee Cans Inside

Plywood Dulcimer w 3 Coffee Cans Inside


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

The Moorlough Shore


@Nate
last year - Comments: 3
Happy IADD

Happy IADD


@Nate
last year - 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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Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone

Posted: Monday April 15 2024, 12:18 AM
By: @Dwain Wilder

Are two melody strings louder than one?

Posted: Tuesday March 19 2024, 10:13 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Connection Between Hammered and Mountain...

Posted: Tuesday March 19 2024, 4:25 AM
By: @shanonmilan

String gauge and intonation

Posted: Tuesday March 5 2024, 5:37 PM
By: @Dwain Wilder

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

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

MacAodha
04/17/24 11:34:56AM @macaodha:

The air The Pride of Petravore was used by Percy French (1854-1920) for the song he wrote Eileen Og. It was recorded by many, the Dubliner's included.


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."