Location: Oregon
Country: United States

My Latest Followers:

flossy rojo Cheryl W Hunterdude glowhazel granto Ariane IRENE Leo Kretzner Cynthia Wigington Steven Berger Stanley Adams Skip Ben Barr Jr Susie Bob Stephens Robin Thompson Strumelia


youtube videos: 3
images: 19

Beginner dulcimer player and builder. 

Latest Activity

@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Hogfiddle Sessions--new for 2022:
"Cool album art and a cool premise for this album! Where can I find the music?"
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Bright Morning Stars are Rising:
"John W. McKinstry: Thanks Nate at Nate Builds Toys. I love the sound of your carboard dulcimer build. Congratulations for bringing it to life. Truly,..."
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Bright Morning Stars are Rising:
"Simply beautiful :)"
@natebuildstoys • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on The Lark in the Clear Air on a baritone:
"Gorgeous song as always!  Who is the maker of that dulcimer?"

Latest Group Discussions


String Gauge and Intonation

Hello all. Am I correct in assuming that the reason for compensating...
@NateBuildsToys last year - Comments: 3

Building Dulcimers Cheap

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

Bridge Placement for Proper Intonation

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

Added some half what?

Hello all I have been playing dulcimer for about a year on diatonic...
@NateBuildsToys 2 years ago - Comments: 16

Copyright law and dulcimer music

Hey all this has been something I've been struggling to understand and...
@NateBuildsToys 2 years ago - Comments: 34

Protecting the interior of a dulcimer

Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any...
@NateBuildsToys 2 years ago - Comments: 6

How I learned to build dulcimers

I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a...
@NateBuildsToys 2 years ago - Comments: 9

a VERY strange hypothetical

Hello all a very bizarre idea came to my mind and I'd love some input. I...
@NateBuildsToys 2 years ago - Comments: 19

Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard

Hello all. I have started making my dulcimers with fingerboards that...
@NateBuildsToys 2 years ago - Comments: 23

Sympathetic Strings

What do the wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD think about...
@NateBuildsToys 2 years ago - Comments: 33

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

I'm always trying to dig around and look for ideas that might inspire...
@NateBuildsToys 2 years ago - Comments: 3

Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?

Hello all! It has been tons of fun building and learning to play...
@NateBuildsToys 2 years ago - Comments: 12

Latest Photos

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Latest Forum Discussions


Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at...

Posted: Friday September 23 2022, 6:47 AM
By: @Tilmen

The Joy of Sharing Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday September 11 2022, 7:58 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

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

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

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.


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."