The past few months have been busy in the workshop as I get ready to exhibit some of my work in a local gallery. My goal is to have a variety of items to show, including boxes, cutting boards, a steamer trunk, a quilt rack, etc. Since I enjoy building musical instruments, I thought a dulcimer might be a good project for the show. Back in the early 70’s, I made my first dulcimer. It was a bit clunky, but it made music. Building that dulcimer gave me an appreciation for woodworking, and made me realize that working in wood was something I enjoyed. Now many years later, this dulcimer shows some of the progress I have made as a woodworker. Some of the progress is technique, much of it is the tools I now have, and some is experience.
Several different woods went into the construction of this most recent dulcimer: spruce top, walnut sides and headstock, bird’s eye maple back and padouk fretboard.
The stand is made of a couple of walnut slabs to allow the instrument to be displayed with both the back and front visible.
Just for fun, here is a picture of my first dulcimer from many years ago: