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A luthier friend of mine purchased some paduk (an African wood) to build a couple of guitars. He had some scraps leftover which I told him would be enough to make the back and sides of dulcimer. He also told me that it was difficult to bend, so I decided to make a teardrop dulcimer. I also decided to make a guitar-style peg head which is the first time I ever did this. e are some photos of the dulcimer.





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The top is western red cedar which I purchased from a lumber yard many years ago (Hechinger's) which had stores in Maryland and Pennsylvania. I was looking through some fence uprights and saw two pieces that were quarter sawn so I bought them. They stood upright in my garage for over 38 years. When I decided to make this dulcimer, I took a look at these. I resewed them at my friends shop and have enough wood to make at least 8 dulcimer tops.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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