Location: Oregon
Country: United States

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Cheryl W Hunterdude glowhazel granto Ariane IRENE Leo Kretzner Steven Berger Skip Susie Bob Stephens Strumelia


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Beginner dulcimer player and builder. 

Latest Activity

@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Number 18 20 Wedding Dulcimore:
"Beautiful instrument! I am curious as to what the fret material is? I am aware it is made in the style of traditional dulcimers with staples for frets but I..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @dusty-turtle: The Strawberry Blossom
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Liked a group discussions item created by @dusty-turtle: Swedish origins of the dulcimer?
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on What is a "luthier" ?:
"This discussion is very interesting to me. I have been building dulcimers for about a year and a half now, and have built around 15 finished dulcimers,..."
@natebuildstoys • one month ago
@natebuildstoys is now following @glowhazel
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard:
"Someone linked to a cool study a while ago on here..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bridge and Nut fix question":
"I am no professional luthier so take this with a grain of salt, but I find it to be very important that the two melody strings played together have the same..."

Latest Group Discussions


Added some half what?

Hello all I have been playing dulcimer for about a year on diatonic...
@NateBuildsToys 7 months ago - Comments: 16

Copyright law and dulcimer music

Hey all this has been something I've been struggling to understand and...
@NateBuildsToys 4 months ago - Comments: 22

Protecting the interior of a dulcimer

Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any...
@NateBuildsToys 3 months ago - Comments: 1

How I learned to build dulcimers

I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a...
@NateBuildsToys 4 months ago - Comments: 7

a VERY strange hypothetical

Hello all a very bizarre idea came to my mind and I'd love some input. I...
@NateBuildsToys 6 months ago - Comments: 19

Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard

Hello all. I have started making my dulcimers with fingerboards that...
@NateBuildsToys 6 months ago - Comments: 23

Sympathetic Strings

What do the wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD think about...
@NateBuildsToys 9 months ago - Comments: 25

the "door dulcimer" ?!?!?!?

I'm always trying to dig around and look for ideas that might inspire...
@NateBuildsToys 9 months ago - Comments: 3

Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?

Hello all! It has been tons of fun building and learning to play...
@NateBuildsToys 9 months ago - Comments: 5

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Latest Forum Discussions


Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at...

Posted: Sunday December 20 2020, 11:23 PM
By: @banjelele

How do I know what key I'm in?

Posted: Monday October 5 2020, 1:28 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Choice of Wood: Pertinent or Purism?

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

What's the deal with Aquavinas?

Posted: Wednesday September 2 2020, 8:26 AM
By: @Strumelia

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

VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and...

Posted: Sunday May 10 2020, 2:37 PM
By: @Strumelia

Adding Extra Strings to Courses

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


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

Benjamin W 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.


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.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."