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

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Finally. A Good Book On Building a Dulcimer.
How does $29. 95 sound versus $900. 00 or $1,500. 00? If cost is a consideration and you enjoy a good project, this book is for you! Full of photographs, illustrations, patterns, clear instructions and helpful advice, this book guides you step-by-step through the crafting of a professional model 15/14 hammered dulcimer with a floating soundboard. Randy "Ardie" Davis takes you through the secrets of building a hammered dulcimer that ...
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Overview

Finally. A Good Book On Building a Dulcimer.
How does $29. 95 sound versus $900. 00 or $1,500. 00? If cost is a consideration and you enjoy a good project, this book is for you! Full of photographs, illustrations, patterns, clear instructions and helpful advice, this book guides you step-by-step through the crafting of a professional model 15/14 hammered dulcimer with a floating soundboard. Randy "Ardie" Davis takes you through the secrets of building a hammered dulcimer that will look beautiful and sound even better. Materials, tools, suppliers, resources - all are covered in this thorough and easy-to-follow book.
Over 185 pages of clear, proven instructions, incorporating Ardie's unique "Maker's Notes," "Maker's Hints," and "Maker's Cautions" that provide the reader with Ardie's years of woodworking experience. Ardie covers all of the tools used to make the dulcimer, and points out which are "nice to have" and which are essential. He provides a brief description of why and how each tool is used.
Ardie's illustrations are comprehensive and easy to understand. He leaves nothing to chance or guesswork when it comes to explaining each step. From cutting the first board to stringing and tuning - he covers it all!
An essential part of building a hammered dulcimer is the use of accurate patterns. Included in the book are pre-printed patterns for Pin Blocks, Treble Bridge, Bass Bridge, the Side Bridges, and a beautiful design for the sound hole. Simply tear them out, cut and tape together, and go to work!

How This Book Is Different

Other books exist on the craft of making Hammered Dulcimers, but they either give the subject short shrift, or are toocomplicated for non-engineers. Here are some good reasons to buy this book!

In addition to his woodworking skills, Ardie has a Masters degree in English. This book is well-written and easy to understand. The text is clear and concise.

The drawings and illustrations are designed for the amateur woodworker, not for engineers. They are helpful and easy to follow.

The plan for this dulcimer is complete but not overly complicated. Ardie breaks the plan down into manageable tasks.

The book is up-to-date with the latest information on hammered dulcimer suppliers, resources and publishers - including Web sites, emails, and other contact information.

The book contains a complete list of tools used to build the dulcimer - with explanations of how and why they are used - and helpful descriptions of all materials required.

This book is available in a special CD-ROM version that has 'QuickLink' hyperlinks to quickly take you to all Chapters and Headings, and to 50+ Dulcimer Resource and Supplier Web sites and Emails on the World Wide Web. All pages can be printed as needed for use in your shop!

All registered book owners will receive access to a special Web page containing on-line resources and suppliers, helpful information, additions, corrections, FAQs, photographs and more!

A special Foreword by master builder and performer, Mr. Dana Hamilton!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553950103
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

With 25 years of experience in woodworking and craftsmanship and a Masters in English, Randy "Ardie" Davis brings a refreshingly clear approach to building hammered dulcimers. He is the creator and proprietor of Ardie's Handcrafted Dulcimers, which can be found at hamiltonardie.com on the Web.

Randy, his wife, Debbie, daughter, Lauren and two pets live in Arlington, Texas.
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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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