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Bill Pendlebury

bill pendleburyFolkcraft: How long have you been playing the dulcimer?

I've been exposed to the mountain dulcimer since 1973, but have only been playing regularly since 2017. The teardrop dulcimer in the picture is a spruce and mahogany instrument that I built from scratch in 1973. The only thing I knew about the dulcimer back then was the information from Jean Ritchie's book and instructional record album. I learned a few simple tunes and then the dulcimer became an attractive wall hanging. I attended a few festivals with my wife and became interested again, so I built a dulcimer from a kit and started to learn to play. Then I met Richard at the Black Mountain Music Festival and played some of his wonderful Folkcraft instruments.

When did you get your first Folkcraft dulcimer?
Bill: I ordered my first Folkcraft shortly after returning home from the 2018 Black Mountain festival. The dulcimer I'm holding is my gorgeous butternut and walnut Folkcraft dulcimer. It has the Hearts & Vines design for the sound holes and a 25" VSL.
Folkcraft: Where do you enjoy playing your dulcimer?
Bill: I have a room at home where I do most of my practicing and in good weather, I enjoy playing on the porch in the photo. My wife and I have performed in church and also teach a few church members. We belong to Dutchland Dulcimers in Lancaster, PA and really enjoy getting together with them. We have also entertained a few times at a local assisted living facility.
Folkcraft: What other hobbies, or interests, do you have besides playing the dulcimer?
Bill: I'm trying to learn to play ukulele. I also love woodworking, golf and pickleball.