|Building a Hammered Dulcimer|
|Guild of American Luthiers
8222 South Park Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98404
This is the link for a list of the plans they sell.
FREE information from the Smithsonian, yours for the asking. Write to
It is now available on the web here.
How to Build a Hammered Dulcimer, by Philip Mason. Features two
sets of plans, an "old-timey" rectangular shape, and the more familiar
trapezoid. Both are 12/11.
The Hammered Dulcimer, by Howie Mitchell. Not so much a
how-to-build-it book, it's more one man's journey through instrument
building by experimentation. What I liked most about this book is
Mitchell's documentation of his successful *and* unsuccessful results.
Do - It -Yourself Dulcimer Building Start to FInish
by Neal A Koch
Little Leaf Press
Building a Hammered Dulcimer:Do-It-Yourself, by Rick Fogel and
The Hammered Dulcimer Book
You might want to consult a small independently published book called:
Physics, Music Theory and the Hammered Dulcimer by Rick Fogel. It's
only 31 pages long but has a lot of information on the physics and
aesthetics of hammered dulcimer construction and playing.
While it won't tell you what woods to use in a construction project it
will give you a theoretical foundation of what can go right and wrong
in creating musical tones on a hammered instrument.
|Suppliers of Strings and Hardware for Hammered Dulcimers.
Click here for small quantities of individual strings in all gauges and types including steel, phosphor bronze, extra long wound strings, acetal rod, tuning and hitch pins. I also offer instructional materials and accessories.
James Jones Instruments
For more quantity of wire and wound strings:
Mapes Piano String Corp., Elizabethton, TN, 615-543-3195
Paramount Wire Co.
Pins and wire:
Schaff Piano Supply (wholesale only)
They have a free piece of software located in their library which will help you determine string tensions and gauges. They also sell plans, kits, pins and other supplies