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A Dulcimer Builder's Do-it-Yourself Guidebook: For the Hobbyist Woodworker

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    Probably the best!

    In his book, A Dulcimer Builder's Do-It-Yourself Guidebook, Davis has broken down each part of the building process into sections. Each of these chapters gives detailed instructions for that one building task. The chapters correlate to the different parts of the hammered dulcimer and the specific building process for that part. There are also pictures included in these sections that correlate to the particular building task, but these are small and hard to see. The diagrams could also be improved since they are with little detail and just looking at them could be confusing. This is a How-To-Do-It book that you have to read. A person cannot just look at the pictures. Reading and looking at the diagrams and pictures will give you the instructions that are needed to give you an outstanding instrument. It is like having someone standing beside you giving you instructions. If the author would improve the drawings, this would improve the book. However, after looking at several other books on this subject, it is still an outstanding book for the person who wants to build a beautiful dulcimer.

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

    Not for Woodworkers - Not for Dulcimer Builders

    The author attempts to describe how to build a dulcimer verbally. It doesn't work. There are no prints, just small sketches, some of which are poor at best. This author obviously has never taken even an introductory drafting class. So you would hope that you could at least see some descriptive photos to help the process. Sorry. 3/4 inch square poor quality photos do exist but nothing that is much help. Believe it or not there is not one photo of the completed dulcimer. I have to assume that the author is hiding something. I am currently building from this book but have had to try and make prints as I go. I don't have much confidence that this is going to turn out well. Don't buy this book if you wish to have a pleasant experience. It is frustrating and difficult. A few well made prints would suffice, it is not as complicated as this author has made it.

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