Mar 25 2016

The Next Dulcimer

Starting from Scratch

sketchA new custom instrument begins with preliminary sketches and design choices aided by the wishes of the client. Jean has ordered a 3-stringed teardrop dulcimer with an added fret between the first and second frets. Here I am sketching the design on folded butcher paper.







This dulcimer is to be constructed exclusively from walnut. I have selected a 6′ plank of walnut which I have brought down from Tennessee. There are a couple of  knotholes, but I believe I can work around these thanks to the teardrop design.

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