Thursday, February 25, 2010

It's finished

My kids took a vote and decided on blue, I like it. It will be hanging around the shop for awhile but won't be for sale until a few more are made. The guitar hangers we use in the shop will be available soon too.


I'm looking for a name

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Stick Dulcimer (it needs a better name)

We used to sell Stick Dulcimers a number of years ago but the guy who made them moved away. A week ago I thought I'd look into making them in house. After an evening of careful planning I came up with a design that could be made mostly from one piece of wood.

I used the wood from an old dresser that I had taken apart last summer. The drawer fronts were cut into 1 1/2" strips and glued up in twos. Then they were cut to make the neck and sides (all one piece) and fingerboard. I got an off cut piece of spruce for the top and utilized the dresser drawer bottoms as a back. The fingerboard is fretted like a dulcimer (diatonic scale) meaning you can't really play a wrong note on them. This makes them fun for the novice and an interesting challenge for a player.

I plan to make more of these and sell them in the store, it will 3 or 4 weeks before they are ready and I want to keep the price under $150.