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I’m selling these gizmos short. The water motors not only power a grinding and buffing wheel; they can also power a sewing machine, wash bottles, and clean lamp chimneys. In the case of “Divine’s Red Devil Water Motor” we also get to ponder if using this device requires selling one’s soul to the dark side. …
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This song was inspired by a quote of Sri Ramana Maharshi. As he neared the end of his life he comforted his devotees by saying, “You say I am going away, but where can I go? I am always here. You give too much importance to the body.” I wrote the song many years ago …
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The dulcimer in the photograph was glued together a few years ago. I know this because the quality of the photograph is better than possible with the camera I am currently using. I also know this because the dulcimer in the photograph is currently being regularly played by its owner. It just happened to have …
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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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Ocean of Wisdom is my “greatest hit.” I first released it on a cassette in 1990. The cassette was originally going to be manufactured in the UK and picked up when I arrived their to do a six week tour. Three weeks before I was going to go to the UK I learned that the …
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P.O. Box 87 Okemos, MI 48805
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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.

Where's the coffee?