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
the Smithsonian Institution, Public Inquiry Mail Service, Washington DC
20560,Smithsonian Institution (1-800-678-2675) and ask for the leaflets below.
Hammer Dulcimer:History and Playing, by Sam Rizzetta
Leaflet 72-4, PIMS/AH19-9/81B

Making a Hammer Dulcimer, by Sam Rizzetta
Leaflet 72-5, PIMS/AH20-8/81B

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
N.A. Martin.

The Hammered Dulcimer Book
How I Build the Things
by Charlie Alm

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
1384 Colton Mills Rd.
Bedford,VA 24523
540 586-6319
Visit my web site!

For more quantity of wire and wound strings:

Mapes Piano String Corp., Elizabethton, TN, 615-543-3195
"Ask for Tammy in sales and specify one pound spools."

Paramount Wire Co.
A source for Phosphor Bronze

Pins and wire:

Schaff Piano Supply (wholesale only)
451 Oakwood Rd
Lake Zurich, IL 60047-1516

Kits Inc.
P.O. Box 2117
Stillwater MN 55082
612/439-9120 Fax: 612/439-9130 Order 800 432-5487

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