"Ginger" Dulcimer Takeoff

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Project by HankLP posted 06-06-2019 06:20 AM 1061 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my wife saw a Purple Heart board at our nearby lumber store – Edensaw Lumber – she said I needed to make a dulcimer with it. She also wanted a smaller scale to fit her hands better. A standard size dulcimer has a string length about 27 inches long; this dulcimer has a string length of 23 1/2 inches. The body size was traced from a friends McSpadden Ginger dulcimer, but came out a bit wider. Sides, back and fret board are Purple Heart, and top sound board is Sitka Spruce. The headstock is Padauk with a Purple Heart overlay because I made more purple saw dust than I needed too. The third picture shows a “possum board” which holds the dulcimer on ones lap. This frees the back of the dulcimer to resonate and brings out a bit more tone and volume.

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#1 posted 06-06-2019 09:03 AM

Very nice and definately not ordinary instruments.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-06-2019 02:28 PM

Ivan, This type of Dulcimer was very unique to the Appalachian Mountains in South East US until the 1950’s. It is still not very common outside of traditional folk music.

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#3 posted 06-06-2019 03:06 PM

You really did a nice job on that. Beautiful.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 06-06-2019 07:28 PM

That is cool

-- Petey

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James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 06-06-2019 09:49 PM

You a fine luthier.
Your wife must be very happy with such a gift.
Wish I could hear her play it.
When is the concert.
Hope I’m invited. Will it be a black tie event?

-- James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 06-07-2019 04:44 AM

James, Our next gig is next Thursday in Port Townsend WA. It’s a Hootenanny so black tie is not required. However, no one will kick you out if you do wear one. I’m sure the dulcimer will also be showing up on our web site in the near future.


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#7 posted 06-07-2019 09:44 AM

When I saw your banjo I thought “Wow, what a beauty”, but the dulcimer is even much more beautiful!
Very fine work on both instruments!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#8 posted 06-16-2019 05:15 PM

That is beautiful! I bet it sounds great!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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