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I’ve started work on several dulcimers as the finish cures on another. A finish “drying” and a finish “curing” are two very different things. Many craftspeople learn this difference the hard way at some time in their careers; what seemed to be a dry finish turns out to be dry to the touch but not …
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I don’t have a standard pattern for dulcimer back braces. I don’t have a standard pattern for bracing dulcimer soundboards either. The bracing pattern, number of braces, and size of the braces depends on the sound I am after and the wood involved. It would be easier and faster to standardize things but that wouldn’t …
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My shop is pretty small, just a small room with a bench, my hand tools, and wood. Most of the tools that plug-in live in the basement. Still, this small workspace manages to accumulate an impressive amount of sawdust, wood-shavings, cut-offs, as well as a strange assortment of things that mysteriously appear for reasons unknown. …
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Most musicians I admire understand music theory. They may understand music theory intuitively or they may have formally studied the theory of music but either way they know what is going on. These musicians may or may not be able to articulate what the are doing or thinking musically but they can tell if a …
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This afternoon I was planing some cherry dulcimer fretboard blanks flat and true. These pieces of cherry had been rough-sawn, squared up and left a little oversized quite some time ago. The wood has had plenty of time to release stresses and further season before becoming part of a dulcimer. Wood is designed to keep …
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Dulcimer Maker, Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer Player, Luthier, Musician
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I'm a musician and luthier. I make Appalachian mountain dulcimer and other instruments.

I sing and play dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, tinwhistle, harmonium and a few other instruments.

I perform, teach and offer workshops on all of the above at festivals, etc.

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(517) 325-3091
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P.O. Box 87 Okemos, MI 48805