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Hindman Luthiery school giving people a second chance

An uplifting story, includes dulcimers:...
@Strumelia started 2 months ago - replies: 1

Where the fingerboard meets the soundboard

Hello all. I have started making my dulcimers with fingerboards that have a  very deep channel on the underside, for extra resonance. I have taken...
@NateBuildsToys started 4 months ago - replies: 22

Next Build - Not quite a dulcimer

So, my wife and I went to Gjovik, Norway for the Nordic Harp meet last October and I was introduced to the Langeleik.  Got to take lots of photos...
@JCM started 9 months ago - replies: 19

If this is true the Piezo goes on the Bottom?

Athena Tiamet From Benjamin Collie Seymour "actually the back is what vibrates and generates the sound on a dulcimer as the top is separated by...
@Nathina started 2 weeks ago - replies: 0

Replacing a nut and floating bridge

I have a dulcimer that my husband put together from a kit in the 70s. It has a floating bridge which I would like to replace with a permanent...
@Leny-Sue started 5 months ago - replies: 5

What kind of wood

I am totally new at this game. I have plenty of tools and wood working experience . The only wood I have is a lot of red oak ,eastern red cedar...
@tednms started 7 months ago - replies: 11

Protecting the interior of a dulcimer

Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any kind of protectant to the interior of their instrument before gluing it...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 months ago - replies: 1

guitars built from a lynching tree

I thought this was a fascinating article about this man who seems to connect spiritually with the wood he uses to build musical instruments:...
@Strumelia started 2 months ago - replies: 2
Ken Hulme

Sawn-Frame Dulcemore

Somewhere here awhile back, we had a discussion about making dulcimers and other instruments with carved or sawn frames rather than...
@Ken Hulme started 2 months ago - replies: 1
Ken Longfield

Making wood tuning pegs

For those of us who make wood tuning pegs, what finish do you put on your pegs. I have been using shellac, but wonder if there is something better...
@Ken Longfield started 2 months ago - replies: 2

How I learned to build dulcimers

I thought y'all might find this silly. This is the page from a 'reader's digest' homesteading book which I learned to build dulcimers from...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 months ago - replies: 7

a VERY strange hypothetical

Hello all a very bizarre idea came to my mind and I'd love some input. I was thinking about how if a dulcimer has a false bottom the entire actual...
@NateBuildsToys started 4 months ago - replies: 19

Humbucker stye pickup...?

Hi all, has anyone put a humbucker style pickup on a dulcimer? If so, would you use one with 3 silver dots (I think they’re called cores?) for a...
@tpatts started last year - replies: 6

Two more from the workshop

Herewith two more from the workshop. Do I need more instruments? .... probably not but I do enjoy the challenge that each one presents through its...
@Hobbyhorse started 4 months ago - replies: 10
Matt Berg

Testing Lacquer v Polyurethane

Has anyone done any testing of how using lacquer v polyurethane impacts the sound of an instrument?  I have talked to different builders, some use...
@Matt Berg started 4 months ago - replies: 10
Bob Stephens

In pursuit of the ultimate dulcimer

I have recently decided to suspend production of dulcimers for the general market so that I can devote my efforts to advancing the design.  I am...
@Bob Stephens started 4 months ago - replies: 7

fret wire crown height and width

It seems like most dulcimer builders choose medium crown height and crown width fret wire.  Doing some research I see considerable variation...
@larryciesla started 5 months ago - replies: 10

Sympathetic Strings

What do the wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD think about sympathetic strings? I learned that several of the instruments closely related to...
@NateBuildsToys started 7 months ago - replies: 25
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought

I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it interesting.  Have fun with it. Ken...
@Ken Longfield started 4 years ago - replies: 13

Has anyone made a Scheitholt?

I have a strong interest in Early music and would like to make a version of a Scheitholt as described by Praetorius (#8 in the illustration). I...
@Papageno started 6 months ago - replies: 14
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