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Canjos and Dulcimers and Bears – Oh My!

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain Dulcimer

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain DulcimerThis most recent Spring Break week, we decided to take our “new” popup camper out for our maiden voyage on a week-long trip to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The original motivator, besides finding a relatively warm place to camp in March, was to … Continue reading »



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Back to Basics

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain Dulcimer

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain DulcimerIn the first post of this series, the kids and I built “canjos” following our visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. Besides being a fun “shop time” activity with the kids, this was a prelude to – and preparation for – building … Continue reading »



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String it up!

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain Dulcimer

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain DulcimerThis past weekend as planned my helper and I spent a couple more hours finishing up our new “Back to Basics” dulcimer. Annalise was excited about finishing this up – as was I – so shortly after breakfast we retreated to the … Continue reading »



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Starting the Kimball Dulcimer

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain Dulcimer

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain DulcimerAfter finishing up the “Back to Basics” dulcimer, I took a few shop days to prepare for the next build. This time was spent building a couple keys jigs/fixtures that I was lacking. Something I knew I wanted for the next build (and future guitar … Continue reading »



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Glue Up and Carving the Scroll

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain Dulcimer

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain DulcimerJoining the back and sides went smoothly. The concern I had here, and in general with gluing Cocobolo, is the oily nature of the wood. I’d read numerous articles and blog posts discussing difficulties with getting the glue to adhere. I followed … Continue reading »



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Finishing “Coco Bear” the Appalacian Dulcimer

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain Dulcimer

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Building a Mountain DulcimerMy biggest concern in finishing the dulcimer was sealing the Cocobolo. I’d read that the oils in the wood along with it’s natural density made finishing difficult. Again turning to online forums, people typically recommended sealing the oils in first under a … Continue reading »



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