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Mandy Tyner Second Saturday Clinic

In The Folkcraft Shop - September 23, 2022

Good morning, everyone!
Last weekend, on September 17, 2022, we hosted our next to the last Second Saturday Clinic of 2022. Our artist/instructor was Mandy Tyner. She did (as expected) a great job, and her class and performance were both well received. Here's a candid class photo:

class photo mandy tyner second saturday clinic 2022

On October 8, 2022, I'm the artist/instructor for the clinic. We make a day of it with a jam, clinic, lunch, and concert. I hope you can join in the fun sometime. You can check out our Upcoming Events page anytime to find out what's coming up next.
Now for the next photo. For over a year, I've been working on a new sound hole design (in my spare time, ha!). I had a concept in mind, but nothing concrete as far as getting it done. Until last weekend! Here's the latest sound hole available for your new Folkcraft and FolkRoots dulcimers:

don't tread on me sound hole
This sound hole design is based on two flags (and a toast!) from the American Revolutionary War. The center of this sound hole is the rattlesnake from the iconic Gadsden flag, as is the text "DON'T TREAD ON ME." The original flag is an important part of American history, and in the original flag, the apostrophe in "DON'T" was omitted. I've chosen to add it back, mostly because I've taken a number of other liberties with the original design.
The "Live Free Or Die" text is from General Stark, and of course the text is now the state motto of New Hampshire.
The 13 stars in a circle? Straight from the Betsy Ross flag.
So that's the provenance of our newest sound hole. It isn't available as an online ordering option, yet, but if you call us, you can choose this design for your next dulcimer.
Thanks for reading, and happy playing!
Richard Ash