Dulcimer 004

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Dulcimer with Redwood Top

Spec Sheet

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Dulcimers - almost twins

Blackwater River Guitars
Dulcimer 004

Custom Built for Jackie Laliker

Our good friend, Jackie Laliker has learning to play the dulcimer on her bucket list and she asked if I would build one for her.

She left the design up to me and asked that I use as many recycled parts as possible.

I decided to build two dulcimers, slightly different. One for Jackie and the other (Dulcimer 003) for Gary Montgomery, a local cabinetmaker, who lets me go through his scrap bin. The walnut for both dulcimers came from Gary's shop.

The Recyled Parts

  • Top -
    Redwood cast offs from a hot tub enclosure that my luthier friend, Woody McKenzie gave to me. Woody's a cool guy who's not afraid to experiment. Check out Woody.
  • Back and sides -
    Walnut cast offs from Gary Montgomery's cabinet shop.
  • Peghead -
    More walnut from Gary's cabinet shop. The oak center piece is from an old stairway railing from our house.
  • Rosette -
    Maple leftover from some interior finish work that architect and builder, Chip Conway, gave me. I discovered Chip when I was looking for someone to build my workshop and he ended up designing and building it. During the course of construction, I found out that Chip is a fantastic guitar player. We've been jamming together ever since. Learn more about Chip.
  • String pins -
    From and old piano - See more about this piano.
  • Nut -
    A piece of composite kitchen counter top material.
  • Bridge -
    Maple from Chip Conway and a rosewood scrap trimmed from a guitar side.