Dulcimer Building

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  • Jerry Holman

    Jerry Holman Lockbourne Ohio

    I am building my first dulcimer I have all the parts cut out but have got stalled the tail block and the head .block. I have been dreading getting the right angle . Any suggestions? It's a hourglass shape. Walnut sides and back bearclaw spruce for the top. I am really excited to finish it. Thanks

    I am building my first dulcimer I have all the parts cut out but have got stalled the tail block and the head .block. I have been dreading getting the right angle . Any suggestions? It's a hourglass shape. Walnut sides and back bearclaw spruce for the top. I am really excited to finish it. Thanks

  • Gary Gallier

    Gary Gallier

    Hello Jerry...welcome to the world of being a Luthier. I understand your excitement...after over 30 years of building and designing I still feel it myself as I near completion. I would be happy to give you some guidance, but I would need more specific information. There are as many methods, shapes, sizes, and designs of dulcimers as there are people who build them. I'm also not sure which angle you are referring to, but am guessing the taper of the nose and tail blocks so the sides will glue to them flush while matching up to the shape of the dulcimer. Email me so I can get a better idea and I will try to help. For example, you say you have the parts cut out but no specifics of what stage of processing them you are in. Are the sides bent, is the back/top wood edge joined together and cut to shape, and so forth. So let me know where you stand, if the wood has been processed (bent etc) send me pictures, and just give me a more specific rundown of where you stand. On email we can converse back and forth a bit better. Gary

    Hello Jerry...welcome to the world of being a Luthier. I understand your excitement...after over 30 years of building and designing I still feel it myself as I near completion. I would be happy to give you some guidance, but I would need more specific information. There are as many methods, shapes, sizes, and designs of dulcimers as there are people who build them. I'm also not sure which angle you are referring to, but am guessing the taper of the nose and tail blocks so the sides will glue to them flush while matching up to the shape of the dulcimer. Email me so I can get a better idea and I will try to help. For example, you say you have the parts cut out but no specifics of what stage of processing them you are in. Are the sides bent, is the back/top wood edge joined together and cut to shape, and so forth. So let me know where you stand, if the wood has been processed (bent etc) send me pictures, and just give me a more specific rundown of where you stand. On email we can converse back and forth a bit better. Gary

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